Submit your film to festival

Hostages to Misfortune


Leila, Selim and their 7 children live in Zaatari, a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Filmed over three years, this documentary provides an intimate view of their day-to-day life in the camp. Selim, frustrated by enforced idleness, is determined to go back to Syria and fight. Will he manage to make the journey? How will Leila cope with the birth of her eighth child? This family story is at once extraordinary and typical of millions of refugees who did not choose to leave their country and now face the loss of identity and of choice itself.

English subtitle: 
Information for the Audience: 

Directors: Pierre Julien Quiers, Séverine Vanel Writers: Producers: Nicolas Pradere - Agence Cantarane Key cast:


Information for theatres: 

Student project: No
Completion date: 2016-02-29
Shooting format: HD
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: No

Total votes: 1991