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The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, Jebel Amman, 1st Circle, 5 Omar Bin Khattab St. (off Rainbow Street)
Director: Catherine Van Campen
Children are experts at creating something out of nothing. A wad of paper becomes a soccer ball, two insects a zoo.
Production Year: 2016
“Zaatari Djinn” is an exceptionally intimate portrait of the resilience of children. In the middle of the Jordanian desert, tents were set up for hundreds of refugees. Then, quick as lightning, arose Zaatari, a new “city” with improvised shacks and caravans where over half the population are children.
Through the eyes of four children, we get to see and feel what it is like to grow up in Zaatari, with very little resources or prospects, but with the capacity to dream. It may be a place without a history or a future, but for the children it is a home.
The film has reaped awards at the Dutch Competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Standing Up Competition at Cleveland International Film Festival, the Human Rights Competition at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and the NEW DOCS Competition at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It also featured at the Freiburg Film Forum and Chagrin Documentary Film Festival.