Children of Beqaa (United States | 2016, 1 hr 16 min)

Directed by: Elias Matar

Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard.Because we stayed in one location, we were able to get to know these settlements very well. We bonded with the people, whether it was through the education of the children, having tea with the women, planting mint with a certain family or just getting together for dinner and a movie. They shared their stories with us and made us part of their communities. They were always giving, always looking out for one another. It was inspiring to see people who had so little, be so kind, warm and generous. It gave my daughter and I hope for a brighter future.