Before the Syrian troubles, the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Helweh in Southern Lebanon housed 70,000. Even in 2012, when Fleifel made this film, it was crowded. Watch this film and imagine double that number trying to give their kids the kind of cheerful Woody Allen misery invoked by Fleifel to describe the soccer and semi-automatics that dominated his childhood – before descending into the desperation now suffered by his contemporaries.
A World Now Ours | Directed by Mahdi Fleifel (UK, Lebanon, Denmark, UAE 2012) Documentary. Starts September 18
Originally published in issue #130, September 2014.