Uprooted from their homeland in Syria and seeking "temporary" shelter in Jordan, the hope of displaced Syrian youth flourishes behind stories of grief and loss, but also of resiliency and humour.
The personal and spontaneous stories recounted by youth in Learning to Swim shed light on the relationships, aspirations, challenges and determination of their day-to-day lives.
Learning to Swim is the first documentary produced by LIVED as part of the ongoing Lived Zaatari Documentary Project.
Filmed in May 2014, the documentary seeks to shed light on the everyday lived experiences of displaced Syrian youth in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, the village of Zaatari nearby, and Amman in Jordan.
For ethical purposes and the safety of the participants of the documentary, we have made the difficult choice to refrain from making Learning to Swim universally accessible in a way that could potentially place participants in harm’s way. Having said that, we are extremely keen to ensure that the documentary is accessible to as large a public audience as possible, raising awareness and fostering empathy towards the lived experience of youth in displacement.
We actively work to arrange screenings of the documentary, as well as hosting panel discussions, photo exhibitions and knowledge exchange seminars towards this purpose.
Learning to Swim is a documentary produced by LIVED.
LIVED would like to thank the following organisations for their time and support during the production of the documentary: