NOT WHO WE ARE

نحنا مو هيك

By Carol MANSOUR

SQUARE MANGO FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2013

Five Syrian refugee women in Lebanon lead us through the refugee experience. Candidly discussing displacement and loss, sexuality and intimacy, and hopes, they are resilient in the face of hardship.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • LEBANON
    • Languages
    • ARABIC, ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 71 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Carol MANSOUR
    • Producer(s)
    • Muna KHAILIDI (Foward Film Production)
    • Synopsis
    • At a time when war and conflict have displaced more than 45 million people around the world, Syrian refugees have become the world's fourth largest refugee population. This documentary highlights the plight of refugee women from Syria who have sought refuge in Lebanon over the past two and a half years. The effects of war on women are intensely traumatic, for not only are they forced to leave behind their homes, loved ones, and social network; they also face discrimination, dis-empowerment, and violence.
      The stories of five ordinary women lead us through the “refugee experience” as it impacts every aspect of their lives. They share their experiences of displacement and loss, and in the process, we watch as their strength and resilience in the face of daily struggles to survive in an often harsh and unfriendly environment, shines through. They reminisce about their old life back home; they talk about hardships; they speak candidly on issues of sexuality and intimacy; and they disclose their fears and hopes for the future. In the process we realize how often they have to live with the consequences of forced choices that they would not have made had they not been forced to leave their country and way of life.
      Five women from different social, educational, and economic backgrounds tell us what it feels like to be a refugee, going beyond their material needs, rather focusing on the personal and emotional narrative.
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