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  • The Void (Owen 123) Howard Street Sheffield, England, S1 United Kingdom (map)

A film about the resilience, dreams and struggles seen through the eyes of Syrian refugee children.

On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.

There will also be a premiere of extracts from a new series of short films made in Syrian refugee camps by students from Sheffield Hallam University, this talk will focus on displacement, belonging and a new life in Lebanon. Working collaboratively with refugees, the students aimed to give voice and raise awareness through documentary, drama and personal testimony. Recently returned, they’ll share their experiences of the trip, life within the camps and discuss ideas for supporting the refugees in the long term.