Director: Dina Naser | Countries of production: France, Jordan, Qatar | Year: 2019 | Length: 86 min
Language: Arabic with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screening as part of TOAFF19

9-year-old Marwa is a lively, inquisitive child, whose interests revolve around playtime, school and her siblings. She and her family live in Jordan’s Za’atari camp, the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, and hope to return home soon.

The weeks turn into years, and all the while Tiny Souls documents Marwa’s day-to-day life as she blossoms from a cheeky child to a teenager, capturing the resilience and hopefulness of children displaced by conflict.

With her access to the camp often restricted, director Dina Naser provided cameras for Marwa and her siblings to film themselves, affording her protagonists a remarkable sense of agency in an environment otherwise cruelly lacking in autonomy. Her quietly devastating documentary, exclusively shot from the children’s perspectives, raises crucial questions as to what lies in store for their whole generation.

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Accessibility: closed captions; BSL interpretation for the intro and discussion is available on request (please email [email protected])

“Draws out the signs of optimism and normality that endure against all the odds”
Screen Daily

Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019