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Tiny Souls (Arwah Saghirah)

Qumra Projects

Dina Naser / Feature Documentary / Jordan, France, Lebanon, Qatar / 2018 / 75 min / DCP2K
In Arabic
Interests: War, Youth, Immigration, Children
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


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Synopsis

Marwa is nine and stranded in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Studying is her greatest worry, while playing is her greatest enjoyment. She says she has been there for four months with her mother and siblings, adding they will probably stay for another week... “maybe two”. Over the ensuing four years, the director follows Marwa’s life in the camp, where she blossoms from being a child to becoming a young woman. Sometimes, she still dreams of being one of the pigeons whose freedom is not surrounded by the high walls and barbed wire of the camp. Until one day, a rumour spreads, one which is wild enough to jeopardise Marwa and her family’s life. From facing authorities, to reported associations with militant extremists, their existence has taken tremendous turns.

About the Director

A Jordanian director, writer, and producer with Palestinian roots, Dina Naser holds a BA in Art and Graphic Design. Following her passion for filmmaking, she was granted the scholarship for DOCNOMADS Mobile Documentary School for a two-year MA programme in Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels. She worked her way through a variety of television and film productions, until she began to direct and produce independently. Her first works are inspired by stories from her homeland. Her short documentary film ‘Shamieh’ (2011) portrays an aging Palestinian woman living in the Zizya refugee camp in Jordan. Her award-winning ‘One Minute’ (2015) tells the story of a woman living in Gaza while it was under attack in 2014. ‘Sea Wash’ (co-director, 2016), a short experimental film, pictures refugees who lost their lives at sea. ‘Tiny Souls’, a documentary project first realized in a nine-minute format, will be Naser’s first feature length film.

Credits

Director
Dina Naser
Producer
Dina Naser, Palmyre Badinier
Associate Producer
Khaled Haddad
Production Company
Jordan Pioneers

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