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Stories without Borders: Displacement Economies – Documentary Films

Under the umbrella of ‘Stories without Borders: Displacement Economies’, these short documentary films are made by young filmmakers across our five research locations. In an intensive 10-day, hands-on filmmaking workshop, the filmmakers developed, produced and edited their films.

The results are playful, thoughtful and unexpected reflections on the themes of the Protracted Displacement Economies research project, including: the care economy; sharing; mutual aid; informal support systems; monetary and non-monetary aid systems; employment (or lack thereof); and the role and perception of community-based organisations in communities that have witnessed several waves of displacement and migration.

All workshops and films in each location will be completed by 2023.

For screener links of the completed films below, please contact Co-Investigator and Producer Yasmin Fedda: y.fedda@qmul.ac.uk.

Lebanon

Cycles (2022)

A film by: Shawki Al Hallak; Anas Al Sheikh; Nisreen Hazineh

We have fallen and are trying to stand. We keep on going. The world keeps spinning and we spin along with it in search for our daily bread in the current economic situation. We have become like the pieces of plastic recycled and refined, we are spinning to find a better reality.

9:04 mins; Arabic with English subtitles

Cornershop Beats (2022)

A film by: Bassam al Khaled; Abdul Malik Al Ali; Saja Awad

In a family run grocery shop in Saida (south Lebanon), a father and son try to make their dreams come true.

7:47 mins; Arabic with English subtitles

Neighbourhood of Creatures (2022)

A film by: Kareem Nofal; Raneen Alomar; Adnan Alghati

A reflective, unexpected documentary film made up of vox pops on the streets of Bourj Hamoud and Al Dawra in Beirut – asking passersby what it means to belong.

5:43 mins; Arabic with English subtitles


Democratic Republic of Congo

Stephanie and Her Chicks (2022)

A film by: Simeon Yoshua Yuc; Hugette N’Simire Kanumbu; Joseph Elimu Buesha

After becoming displaced from another part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and finding themselves in Goma, Stephanie and her family start a new life with 3 chicks.

6:32 mins; Swahili with English subtitles

Migrations (2022)

A film by: Pasqueline Mwamini Nguba; Johnson Kusimwiragi Moninga; Jean-Baptiste-Ciza Kamungo

Impressions of life and trade in Kitchanga, a small crossroads town in rural eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

6:45 mins; Swahili with English subtitles