Ours is a Country of Words

About The Film

Ours is a Country of Words is filmed in Shatila, a refugee camp built in Lebanon when thousands of Palestinians fled their country in 1948. The story begins at an undetermined moment in the future, when the dream of the Palestinian refugees to go back to Palestine becomes reality. The film treads a thin line between fiction and documentary, dream and reality. Families prepare for their fictional return, while it slowly becomes clear that this dream is far removed from their daily life in the camp. Through the words they use as actors to talk about the dream of returning to their homeland, we can understand more deeply what it means to them to live in exile.
Mathijs Poppe
Unclassified 15+
43 mins

the director

Mathijs Poppe

Mathijs Poppe

Mathijs Poppe (born in 1990 in Ghent, Belgium) studied at the Youth Initiative Program in Sweden and at the School of Arts in Ghent (KASK). He is also co-founder of Classroom Alive: A 6-month walking school across Europe. The documentaries Mathijs has directed mostly revolved around the relationship between himself and the film’s subjects/characters/actors. Meanwhile, in his latest project, OURS IS A COUNTRY OF WORDS, Mathjis moves beyond while searching for a new relationship between himself and the representation of Palestinian refugees who are mostly displayed as victims within Western media, only as the starting point.

Acknowledgement of Country

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