Salam Neighbor

Synopsis: Two Americans deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. From meeting Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers, to the street smart, 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma hides just beneath his ever present smile, Zach and Chris uncover inspiring stories of individuals rallying, against all odds, to rebuild their lives and those of their neighbors.
75 min

Good evening.

These uprisings,

The citizen revolutions

we've been covering

From the middle east

over to north africa,

Have been popping up

like thunderstorms.

a situation is unfolding

in libya.

Witnesses are hearing

gunfire and blasts

From rocket-propelled


you have these moments

When an old world dies

And a new one

is not yet born.

And this is

a very dangerous

And perilous moment.

the whole region

Seems to be

on fire right now.

Now it's syria.

Syria exploded.

thousands of


have lost their lives

In the conflict

between forces

Loyal to president

bashar al-assad

And fighters opposed

to his rule.

the insurgency

has taken a turn

Towards a much more significant

islamic radicalization.



-Isis militants...

syria's newest conflict--

It's war within a war.

for three years,

we've been watching

the bloodshed in syria.

The same images of

war and violence

Seem to spread

across every channel

And every headline.

The result is fear.

Fear of terrorism,

fear of islam,

Fear of the middle east.

Drowned out

was the coverage

Of the million syrians

Who have been

forced to flee their country,

Creating the largest refugee

crisis since world war ii.

As filmmakers, we immerse

ourselves in humanitarian


Living the reality we

are attempting to understand.

And in ,

we created a nonprofit

To help bring

these stories to life.

We hope to do this with

the syrian refugee crisis,

To take the time to hear

from refugees firsthand.

When the world

is turning away

And they've lost


What does their

future look like?

It took over a

year to make it possible,

But with jordan's


The un agreed

to register us

And give us a tent inside a

refugee camp in jordan.

It was the first time

that has ever been done.

of all districts,

where to put you?

We don't want to put you

in a congested area,

'cause that would

just be crazy,

so we're staying here.

The project

that you're doing

I don't think

has been done before

In a refugee camp

anywhere in the world.

for want of a better

term, as a sociological


Or as a piece of research,

In terms of how refugee

camps operate and run,

I think it'll be

very useful...

In a way that will help

unhcr and other agencies

Understand the dynamics

And the life

and the beat of a camp.

Your interactions with people

May not always be

positive and good.

Just be sensible.

we were traveling

to jordan,

A country that has taken


An estimated

. million syrians

In just four years--

The equivalent of the

us providing refuge

For half the population

of mexico.

And jordan

is a small country,

About the size of indiana.

On its northern border

Is the second

largest refugee

camp in the world.

Just seven miles

from syria,

It's providing

shelter to

, refugees.

Am binsawir.

Do you have any kind

of id, identification?

These are

the documents.

we were going

to be living in za'atari

For the next month.

Aside from paying

for what we received,

We were registered

in the same way

And given the same

supplies as refugees.

It would be up to

us to figure out

How to navigate life here.

I'm gonna get so lost

around this camp.

- is this home?


We don't want to anger

anyone on our first day.

Is there a problem?

right off the

bat, we had some anger

and confusion

About zach and me

filming women

And what we were

doing next to the kitchen

Where the women hang out.

But once we promised

we wouldn't film

anyone without permission,

Things quickly calmed

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