A Dream Of Powerful Monsters

Chatila is a town in Lebanon known for its huge massacre on April 16, 1982. Today that town hosts Syrian refugees, who found it in peace and shelter away from their homeland.

A Dream of Powerful Monsters is a short film that goes inside the dreams of some children at the Chatila refugee camp. Lina Al-Abed, the director, gives the children the expressionistic ability to fully express their subconsciousness through their dreams.

Most of the dreams the children talk about in the video include monsters, blood, running away, airplanes, fires, and many other signs of the violence they went through.

As the children speak in the film, their silent portfolios take over the screen; silent faces of little children with open eyes staring at us, as we hear their voices tell the stories of their dreams. As if it is not real; as if, we, the viewers, don’t want to interrupt their dreams. Instead, we just can listen, feel, and stay strong for them. 

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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad