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Six Year Old Fears



Lauren Anders Brown

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About the Project

A short documentary featuring Sara, a six year old Syrian girl, as she becomes a big sister in Al-Zaatari refugee camp: technically the safest place in the world to give birth. It now boasts the third largest populated city in Jordan with 42 births per 1,000 people. Despite the difficult conditions, mental and physical, and recent cut in US funding the UNFPA maternal health clinic 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 and has taken the lives of over 500,000 men, women and children, with no simple solution in sight. What is simple and within the control of the doctors at the clinic is this moment: the opportunity for Sara to grow up with her mother, be a big sister, and face an uncertain future with her family intact.

Official Selection:

BBC Arabic Film Festival,

Aesthetica Film Festival,

Global Health Film Festival,

Nepal Human Rights Film Festival,

Global Cinema Film Festival,

Winner Best Director, Belfast Respect Human Rights FIlm Festival



The music for Six Year Old Fears blends non-western regional and typically western media-based sounds whilst also utilising the more childlike sound of the celeste to represent the world viewed through Sara's eyes.

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