Zaatari Djinn

In the middle of the desert, under the sweltering sun, an entirely new city has emerged. A city that consists for 80 percent of children. From the perspective of four children from different social backgrounds, we get to see and feel what it is like to grow up in this city; the refugee camp Zaatari. A place with little resources or prospects for improvement, but with space for dreams.

Ferras (10) is the silent, poor boy with an old soul. He is being haunted by the war. Ferras works hard and is hard to read, while Fatma (12), whose best friend is a rooster, is much more open and assertive.
Miryam (15) is nearly a woman. She strives for a pious life, but falls in love with Shakespeare. And then there is the rich Hammoudi (8), who can buy anything he likes; for him the camp is paradise.

Despite their situation the children show the ability to make something out of nothing; a wad of paper becomes a soccer ball, two insects a zoo. Zaatari Djinn is a rarely intimate movie about the resilience of children who view life a lot rosier than adults. Zaatari may be a place lacking history or future, it is also a home.

Zaatari Djinn will premiere at IDFA (17 November 2016)

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The Netherlands – IDFA, 2016
USA – Cleveland Int. Film Festival, 2017
Greece – Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, 2017
USA – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2017
Germany – Freiburg Film Forum, 2017
Jordan – Royal Film Commission, 2017
USA – Docutah International Documentary Film Festival, 2017
Argentina – FICDH, 2017
Argentina – Marfici, 2017
Canada – Montreal Int. Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2017
USA – Impugning Impunity Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, 2017
Italy – PerSo Film Festival, 2017
Germany – The Arab Film Festival, 2017
Canada – Montreal Int. Documentary Festival (RIDM), 2017
Canada – DocuAsia, 2018
Greece – 4th International Peloponnisos Documentary festival, 2018
Turkey –  International Children Rights Film Festival, 2018

IDFA, Dutch Competition
Cleveland Int. Film Festival – Standing Up Competition
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival – Human Rights Competition
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – NEW DOCS Competition
Montreal Int. Documentary Festival International Feature Competition
The Arab Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Medium Length Competition and Best Feature Lenght Competition.