Campaign successfully funded on: 07 Aug,2013
Dalia Abuzeid is a Palestinian filmmaker. Originally, from the city of Yaffa, Palestine. Born and raised in Amman, Jordan and living with the limitations of having a Gaza Strip ID: A citizen of nowhere, therefore she loses the rights of public medical care, public education and many career options. Traveling is nearly impossible. Having that said, this brought Dalia closer to this issue sparked an interest that led her to visit the refugee camp in several occasions.
“I have been shocked with the degradable human conditions I’ve witnessed. None of the refugees I have seen is physically, socially or psychologically healthy. I have sat with those who lost their children, as they were unable to afford medical care; I have entered the zinc-roofed “temporary” houses, as they cannot afford the cost that comes with building a cement roof; I’ve sat with someone who is dying and can be saved if given medical attention; I’ve walked over the open sewage paths that pass by every street, causing a massive daily health hazard”.
This documentary will tackle the situation of a forgotten minority in Jordan; Palestinian refugees from Gaza living in Jerash Camp that is also known for Gaza Camp in the town of Jerash. The population exceeds 24,000 people living in the space of 0.75 square kilometers. Unlike other Palestinian refugees, Gaza Camp refugees have no Jordanian National number, which leads them to live in tough conditions related to health, education, and financial situations. The average income for a family in the camp is $217 US dollars, which includes the help they get from agencies. Yet, 64% of the refugees in the camp have an average of $2 US dollars to spend a day, and those who have 1 US dollar a day to spend are 14% of the camp. Some of the major problems in the Gaza Camp are poverty, high unemployment, and the majority of shelter being unsuitable for accommodation. Of the 24,000+ refugees, there is an unemployment rate of 43% due to the following reasons:
The documentary will lead the audience to not just witness the daily tough life, but live it as well with an interesting raw interactive style. We believe this film will open the eyes of both governments and individuals around the world to the inhumane conditions they are living under, and encourage them to help them by giving them more opportunities rather than taking them away. Also to encourage people to start projects in the camp; which will make capable individuals to working individuals to give them better and equal opportunities to other citizens of Jordan to have a decent productive rate as well as decrease the rate of drug and alcohol intake which will effectively decrease the murder rate within the camp.
In Gaza Refugee camp, the evidence of struggle is in their daily life, this should be helpful to the project to give a clear idea of their life. The film will portray the story in a fictional film standards with constant reenactments of their rough moments with raw presentation of their story.
We are going towards a dramatic approach with our characters who kept on sinking with their lives. Visually speaking we are going towards dark and strong visuals portraying their feelings in words and image; meaning the set design of each interview will represent the feeling of the interviewee. Ex. when a character is feeling angry, we will create a circle of fire around him interviewing him between the flames.
Remember Us will combine the visual beauty of a fictional film with the honesty of a documentary film.
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