Directed by Anne Poiret
72 min | 2017 | France | Not Rated
Presented in English, and French & Arabic with English subtitles.
“Refugistan” comes 60th in the ranking of the most populous countries in the world. This is where the people nobody wants live, under the supervision of the UNHCR and with the support of large NGOs. Together they ensure reasonable living conditions in the camps: in Tanzania, for example, where tens of thousands of Burundians are stranded. Or at Dadaab in Kenya, where the world’s largest store has been located in the desert for the last 25 years, christened by humanitarian workers “the monster.” Or in Jordan, where the UNHCR is trying out a new infrastructure for Syrian civil war refugees in the camp at Asrak. In theory, the camps are a temporary fallback solution but in practice a refugee spends on average 17 years of his life there. We take a journey into an ambiguous world; neither city nor prison, not closed off but not open either.
Official Selection: 2017 FIGRA Film Festival, 2017 United Nations Association Film Festival
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