Counting Tiles
Counting Tiles
Counting Tiles
Counting Tiles
Counting Tiles

Counting Tiles

Regular price $295.00

"Deeply moving and poetic, Counting Tiles’ characters desperately try to create emotional connections when the European powers that be have chosen to forego any humanity in this crisis."RIDM

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • RIDM Montreal International Doc Festival

This compelling account follows a group of therapeutic clowns in a Lesbos refugee camp to reflect on the emotional undercurrents of the shared refugee experience, and the precarious state of children in times of displacement. 

Once herself a refugee, filmmaker Cynthia Choucair had escaped with her parents to Greece during the Lebanese civil. Her sister had since derived from the experience to become a professional clown and volunteer in Clowns Without Borders; a global organization wholly dedicated to lifting the spirits of refugee children. Choucair soon follows her sister and the organization to the Greek island of Lessbo, where stranded refugee children are left with a profound need of solace. Despite the importance of their humanitarian cause, the volunteers soon discover themselves placed in limbo by disaffected local authorities and the leaden bureaucracy of the European Union. With frustration growing among the volunteers following their disillusionment from a process that disregards humanitarian needs, the siblings turn their gaze inwards to delve back in their history of displacement as victims of the Lebanese War during tender age. With the breadth of first-hand insight and experience, this documentary offers a subtle survey of the emotional needs of refugee children.

87 Minutes | Arabic with English Subtitles.

Directed by Cynthia Choucair
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