The Syrian girls in this ninth-grade class are coming of age during war. It is a mortifying journey. Roqaya lost both parents, her oldest sister and youngest brother in a massacre in Homs. Three of Batool's cousins were killed by snipers. They live as orphans, in camps and broken apartment buildings. Their school in Mafraq, Jordan is a mess, running double shifts, teaching Jordanian kids in the mornings and Syrian kids in the afternoon; all with no additional resources. Suhair Hayek, one of the girls teachers, says she can hardly keep her tears inside her eyes when she thinks about the girls. Some she says, have lost their dreams, some cling to hope. Hayek says what the girls need is a chance to forget their suffering and enjoy their youth. "They escape from death,'' she says. Now, they need to search for life.
Titan Kids : Directed by Lee-Ann Curren and Andre Silva
Titanzinho is a small favela located in Fortaleza, northe Brazil.It's one of these places left out of this huge country, far from the economy dream of the whole nation.Over there, you find the forgotten people of Brazil, the ones that no one wants to see. They are in the periphery, out of sight. They live in precariusness and poverty, suffering from drugs, prostitution, and extreme violence. Kids in the favela are often left having to face all dangers on their own.
However, hope lies here, very close.
The Ocean and it's waves allow most of the kids to get out of poverty wih surfing. An excellent way out of the everyday life, and for some of them the dream of becomming one day professional surfer, like Pablo Paulino, Tita Tavares, Lucinho Lima, or Andre Silva, himself from the favela and co-director of the documentary.
The passion and joy of life despite everything
A lesson for us all!
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