Barriers of Separation

18-year-old Raghad expresses her desire to reconnect with her father and family in this personal postcard from her new home in Jordan.

4:35 / Irbid, Jordan / 2015


About the artist

Raghad is from Dara'a, Syria and now lives as a refugee in Irbid, Jordan. This is her first time using a camera and making a film. Raghad’s desire for a change in her life that would include her father’s return and the presence of a parent’s love has influenced every aspect of her life in Jordan. Through the camera she was able to rediscover her other qualities - a warm friend with a generous heart, and an ambitious woman.

“For me, from inside, I can’t tell people what I feel, so I represented it through these film movements. What's inside of me I couldn’t let it reach out to anyone, so in the hopes of being able to say something, I made this film.”


Director & Cinematographer: Raghad Al Khatib

Editors: Laura Doggett, Raghad Al Khatib, Tasneem Toghoj

Workshop Facilitators: Laura Doggett & Tasneem Toghoj