Refugee status: Privileged

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dc.contributor.author Kazkaz, Rana
dc.contributor.editor Hemelryk Donald, Stephanie en
dc.contributor.editor Sorbera, Lucia en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-10T13:48:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-10T13:48:32Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Kazkaz, R. (2019) 'Refugee status: Privileged', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 18, pp. 145-159. doi: 10.33178/alpha.18.11 en
dc.identifier.issued 18
dc.identifier.startpage 145
dc.identifier.endpage 159
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9404
dc.identifier.doi 10.33178/alpha.18.11
dc.description.abstract The idea for the short film Mare Nostrum (Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, 2016) came to me as a result of several experiences I had in April 2015. At that time, I was making a documentary with Syrian refugees living in Jordan and three of them were contemplating taking the illegal boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe. None of them knew how to swim. Next, while at a dinner party in Amman, I was shocked to hear judgmental words aimed at those who dared risk their lives to cross the sea in the name of hope: “selfish”; “such greed”; “they should stay where they are”. Then, I saw a news reporter state that nearly 800 people had drowned that day trying to cross the Mediterranean. Finally, while researching information about Syrian refugees, I learned that an Italian initiative that had been rescuing people from the sea had been terminated. It was called Operation Mare Nostrum. With all this information, the cinematic images formed in my mind: a father throws his daughter in the sea, no dialogue. Only at the end do we understand he was teaching her to survive. This is an account of the making of Mare Nostrum. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
dc.relation.uri http://www.alphavillejournal.com/Issue18/Dossier1Kazkaz.pdf
dc.rights © 2019, the Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Syria en
dc.subject Refugee en
dc.subject Mare Nostrum en
dc.subject War en
dc.subject Politics en
dc.title Refugee status: Privileged en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Rana Kazkaz, Northwestern University in Qatar en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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