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The Syrian Civil War has been a violent and remorseless affair that has left both sides bloodied, exhausted, and desperate. But the true victims of this perpetual conflict are the people who are not invested in either side and have been swept up in the debacle, and written off as collateral damage. These people have lost homes, families, jobs, safety, hygiene, comfort — the list goes on. So, as Jordan and other surrounding nations deal with the ever-growing Syrian refugee crisis, socially conscious filmmakers have taken it upon themselves to try to raise as much public awareness as they can, to help those who have lost everything.
In Participant Media’s “Salam Neighbor,” documentarians Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci (“Living on One Dollar”) have a unique opportunity to recount the harrowing experiences that these refugees face on a daily basis. As they await clearance to leave the camp and begin their lives anew, the war-ravaged victims are subjected to overcrowding, limited food and water resources, and the overall tumultuous surroundings. Temple and Ingrasci are the first filmmakers that have been allowed by the United Nations to set up a tent inside the camp, and truly live through the difficulties and hardships that these families are subjected to as they “fight to keep their families together and to choose peace over violence at any cost.”
Watch the clip above. “Salam Neighbor” will premiere on Pivot January 20 at 7pm.