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City of Refuge

Izzy Atiyah, a 15 year old American high school student travels to the Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan. She is the first youth to document the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the first to engage in the youth to youth perspective. Join this teenager as she discovers how the camp feeds 80,000 people every day, meets inspiring women who are learning to support themselves and their families, learns the story of a fellow teenage refugee with a positive outlook on life, and interviews a refugee with a passion for education despite few resources.

  • Izzy Atiyah
  • Izzy Atiyah
  • Izzy Atiyah
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English
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  • Student Project:
  • I Imagine Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    October 3, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Izzy Atiyah

Izzy Atiyah is a student filmmaker and documentarian. She also runs a production company by the name of Z Productions LLC. She has spent the last five years in intense film-making training at the Imagination Stage and the New York Film Academy where she has learned through hands on film-making experience. Through this she has worked with themes such as trust, friendship, and bullying. She further developed her list of themes when working on City of Refuge. In this documentary she explored the depths of the human condition and what real positivity and optimism looks like. City of Refuge is the first film that she has submitted to festivals and she hopes to submit many more movies in the future.

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