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Stories without Borders: Displacement Economies

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.


Cycles (2022)

9:04 mins

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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.  

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

Trailer: Cycles (trailer) on Vimeo

Cornershop Beats (2022)

7:47 mins

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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

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

Trailer: Cornershop Beats (trailer) on Vimeo

Neighbourhood of Creatures (2022)

5:43 mins

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

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.

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

Trailer: Neighbourhood of creatures (trailer) on Vimeo


Democratic Republic of Congo

Stephanie and Her Chicks (2022)

6 mins, 32 sec

Swahili with English subtitles

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.

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

Trailer: Stephanie and her chicks (trailer) on Vimeo

Migrations (2022)

6 mins 45 sec

Swahili with English subtitles

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

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

Trailer: Migrations (trailer) on Vimeo