Notes on Displacement
Fall Grants 2017 - Production Stage
The news is full of images of overcrowded boats and vast tent camps. But how much do we really know about what refugees are going through? ‘Notes on Displacement’ takes a deep dive by following a single family on a gruelling journey—destination Germany. Their fear, disorientation, and solidarity are palpable. Nadira, an elderly Palestinian, has been a refugee since the age of 12. And now she has to leave Damascus, too. She and her daughter Mona feared for their lives there, but the idea of a safe existence elsewhere is a distant dream.
Filmmaker Khaled Jarrar receives unsettling videos and voice messages as they cross to the Greek island of Lesbos. He joins them there, on the long road to a better life. Jarrar has his personal reasons for going through this experience in order to eliminate, in his own images, the distance so dominant in Western media coverage. He worms his way through the thronging crowds, gets lost in the night with his group, discovers how dangerous language barriers can be, and wanders around in the dehumanizing camps. And in a sense, he—along with the viewer—becomes a true member of this family.
- Khaled Jarrar
- Khaled Jarrar, Thomas Kaske
- Production Company
- Jenin Films, Kaske Film & Odeh Films
About the Director
Born in the occupied West Bank in 1976, Khaled Jarrar currently lives and works in Tucson, where he researches the potential fallout of the proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States. He is also working on a film and multimedia series that documents his month-long journey with a group of migrants who travelled to Europe last year in order to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees.