Frontiers of Dreams and Fears | Chicago Reader

Frontiers of Dreams and Fears

A moving cri de coeur for Palestinian refugees trapped by cruel Israeli restrictions, this video documentary by Mai Masri (Children of Shatila) focuses on two refugee camps, Dheisha in the West Bank and Shatila in Lebanon (where a 1982 massacre killed many families' fathers). Though the children in each camp describe it as a hopeless prison, they manage to meet and communicate with each other via videos and letters; in the documentary's emotional centerpiece they meet near a fence that divides Israel from Lebanon, exchanging food and gifts while dancing and crying. But Masri's presentation of the refugee issue is one-sided: she shows one child asking, “Why am I a refugee while someone else has his own country?,” but makes no mention of the Arabs' half century of violent attempts to deny Jews a homeland. In Arabic with subtitles. 56 min.


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