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These decades-old shorts offer affecting cris de coeur about refugee life; their technical rough edges contribute to their feeling of raw authenticity, of fugitive images snatched between explosions. Displacement is the principal subject, and human figures often feel out of place—the head-on interviews with children in Qais al Zobaidi's Away From Home (1969) emphasize their alienation—while voice-overs retell relentless narratives of Israeli bombings. Stills in Monica Maurer's Born out of Death (1981) impart an appropriately funereal air, while excerpts from a UN document on children's rights are searingly intercut with scenes of a decrepit refugee camp in Khadija Abu Ali's Children Nonetheless (1980). In Arabic with subtitles. 114 min.

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