The day-to-day struggles of contemporary Palestinian refugees seldom receive substantial media attention outside of the Middle East; Chaker Ayadi's documentary Nahr Al Bared Refugee Camp, however, marks a significant exception. Ayadi travels to a makeshift Palestinian home just north of Tripoli, Lebanon for an intimate glimpse of the conflicts and difficulties with which Palestinians must gamely contend in today's world. Her subjects - all of whom subsist on U.N. rations - include a mother desperately in need of $500 to put her son through surgery, a driver risking his safety and freedom at an illegal job to put bread on the table for his family, and a twentysomething man who sacrificed the possibility of lifelong love because of his inability to find a regular income. At the same time, Ayadi uses a wedding and other events to suggest that her subjects have the strength, fortitude and tenacity to keep trying despite the obstacles life throws into their paths.
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