A Refugee Film Project camera operator films 13-year-old Hanadi al-Hajj Abdallah as she performs with friends in the Beirut refugee camp of Shatila, April 5, 2017.
AFP / JOSEPH EID
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"Three, two, one, action!" shouts Syrian refugee Mostafa Abdallah, 11, energetically directing his fellow child actors in a musical being filmed in a Palestinian camp in the Lebanese capital.The musical is part of the Refugee Film Project, an initiative by international organization SB OverSeas that is helping Syrian refugee children in Lebanon write, direct and act in their own short movies.The Refugee Film Project aims to turn the camera around, giving young refugees the chance to shape their own stories – including from behind the camera.Every day for six weeks, around 30 child actors gathered in front of the Bukra Ahla (A Better Tomorrow) NGO, which provides education services in Beirut's Shatila Palestinian camp.More than 1 million Syrians – including over 500,000 children – are registered in Lebanon as refugees.Many live in informal camps on agricultural land, but others settled in urban Palestinian camps like the one in Shatila, whose original population of 10,000 people has swelled with the arrivals of Syrians fleeing the conflict.
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