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Life on the Border
Year:  2015
Running Time:  73 minutes
Country:  Syria / Iraq
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Playhouse Theater [40 Main Street]
Showtime:   Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 04:00 PM
Director:  Eight Young Kurdish Filmmakers

Description:
  The documentary lends the director’s chair to 8 children living in refugee camps in Kobane and Shingal, after ISIS attacked their cities, homes and families. In search of a medium to express their agony and suffering, the children embrace the opportunity to record their life experiences using the small cameras they are given, empowering them to tell their life stories, without and intermediary, to people all over the world.

After a couple of days’ training with several Kurdish cinematographers on the basics of filmmaking, the children walk us through a day in their lives, revealing the depths of their desperation and grief.

The fate of thousands of people is unified under the tarpaulins of the refugee camps in Kobanę and in Shingal. Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has given eight children the opportunity to use a camera to tell their own stories. Each film gives us a glimpse into the plight of the children, as seen through their own eyes. Their stories tell of young people with their whole lives ahead of them, though they’ve already lost almost everything.

At a certain point, the film crew leaves the camp and follows the 13-year-old Mahmod and his sister in the search for his parent's house in Kobanę. The town has been ravaged by the war and all the children and is rubble. The eight films reveal the courage and openness of the young filmmakers, who share their stories with great intensity, realism and poetry, despite their harsh fate.

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