Six Year Old Fears is a short documentary featuring a six year old Syrian girl as she becomes a big sister in a refugee camp that has the best maternal mortality rate in the world.
Zaatari refugee camp now boasts the third largest populated city in Jordan, with 42 births per 1,000 people - exponentially higher than many other parts of the world. And despite the difficult conditions, mental and physical, the camp has not lost a single mother or child during birth since it opened. The war in Syria started 6 years ago, spanning the entire life of Sara. Zaatari is all she’s ever known, and her hopes, dreams, and fears have all grown out of it as she has. Now she’s about to become a big sister: her mother is due to give birth any day.
In this short documentary she tells us all the things she loves in her life, the things that make her happiest, and all the things she fears. One thing she doesn’t mention, is something that’s beyond her understanding and her control: that her mother, like every woman giving birth, runs a risk of dying during childbirth.
Directed by Lauren Anders Brown
Co-Producer Nourhan Nassar
Sound Mix by Karen Warnock
Music Composition by Two Twenty Two
Official Selection of the BBC Arabic Film Festival, Aesthetica Film Festival, Global Health Film Festival, Nepal Human Rights Film Festival, Global Cinema Film Festival and winner of Best Director of a Short Documentary at the Belfast Respect Human Rights FIlm Festival.
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