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A refugee short film online today

Sherouk Zakaria/Dubai
Filed on June 20, 2016
A refugee short film online today

The film, marked by its powerful imagery, words and music, is available for viewing on www.oceansofinjustice.com until 9am UAE time tomorrow.

A 10-minute film that zooms in on the suffering of Palestinian refugees is online today for World Refugee Day.

Oceans of Injustice depicts the journeys of Palestinian people as they flee their lands and resort to seas for virtual safety.

The film, marked by its powerful imagery, words and music, is available for viewing on www.oceansofinjustice.com until 9am UAE time tomorrow.

Palestinian Writer and Producer Farah Nabulsi said she got the film idea a year ago after visiting refugee camps in Lebanon and Palestine. Despite their difficult lives, how refugees dealt with their situation inspired Nabulsi "in a dark way."

"Nobody deserves to live like that. They are treated like a disease, but people need to know they are human beings who fled their land for the injustice they experience."

The film, which was finished by April, aims to raise awareness and draw attention to the detail of the layers of their suffering.

It features a woman, played by Nabulsi herself, walking on the beach, with her voiceover describing the Palestinian situation, moving into images of people struggling to keep their heads above the tides. Predictions of their lives at checkpoints is also presented.

"There are millions of refugees and the narrative has not been told enough. I want to educate the people about the layers of the story. It is an ocean of injustice, literally."

Nabulsi stated that she plans to submit the short movie to film festivals, while holding private and public screenings in the UK and USA. The film will eventually be released online.

"My films are purely philanthropic and I want them to be accessible to everyone including organizations who can use the information provided," she said.

Excerpts from the film

"We think we know, and we think we feel with them, and we think we understand the injustice because we have read some book . Or because we heard from a friend.

"The injustice creeps up on you like harmless distant waves that moments later come crashing and relenting over you and leave you gasping for breath"

"How can this be happening? How can this be accepted ? Why doesn't the world do something to stop this?"

Sherouk@khaleejtimes.com





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