One of the main streets in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp outside of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, following a nearly three-and-a-half-month-long battle between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam, a transnational Salafi jihadi group based in the camp.
The Lebanese army's poor performance and high casualties led them to use another strategy, leveling the majority of the camp with artillery. It still took the army one month to capture the militant group's positions in the camp's outer areas.
The camp's 30-40,000 residents were forced to flee and many continue to live in makeshift housing and face high unemployment rates nearly two years later. Palestinian refugees have long been mistreated in Lebanon and other Arab countries, such as Egypt and the Arab Gulf states.
War crimes were committed by both Fatah al-Islam, including the reported execution and torture of captured Lebanese army soldiers, and the Lebanese army who rounded by young Palestinian men and tortured them.
This documentary shows the continued hardship that Palestinian refugees who once resided in the camp face. Discrimination at the hands of the Lebanese state is rightfully highlighted:
Not only does the Lebanese army keep people away from the old camp, but it also controls movement in and out of the surrounding area known as the "new camp.” Anyone entering the new camp requires a valid permit issued by the army. Refugees and NGOs working to revitalize the once robust economy of the camp face crippling isolation, as the marketplace of Nahr al-Bared is totally cut off from the surrounding villages. A flailing economy and soaring unemployment are only a few of the consequences of the destruction and ongoing siege of the camp.
This 26-minute film follows a father and his son as they attempt to deal with their unemployment. The two have been living in metal barracks for more than a year, waiting to return to their camp. By documenting issues of reconstruction, temporary housing, economy, unemployment and despair, the film touches on the daily experience of life in Nahr al-Bared camp."