Another Kind of Girl

17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.

9:29 / Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan / 2015


Click here to watch the film on the New York Times’ Op-Docs page

About the artist

Khaldiya, 18, is from Dara'a, Syria. She fled the civil war 3 years ago and now lives in Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. This was her first time using a camera and making a film. She continues to make videos when she can, and would like to start initiatives in the camp that will help other girls express their stories - through media, a comedy troupe, and theater. She wants to use the power of storytelling to create change in her community, and hopes to pass on what she learns to younger girls in the camp.

“In Syria, I didn’t even know how to hold a cell phone and film. Here I fell in love with filming. When I film I just feel at ease. It never crossed my mind that I would become a filmmaker, but when we took the course, I had it in my head that I wanted to be a filmmaker. When I film, I feel like I am someone very important.”


Director & Cinematographer: Khaldiya Jibawi

Editors: Laura Doggett, Khaldiya Jibawi, Tasneem Toghoj

Workshop Facilitators: Laura Doggett & Tasneem Toghoj