One Dollar a Day

Jocelyne Saab

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | III. Images of Resistance from Elsewhere One Dollar a Day
Jocelyne Saab

6 Minutes
Courtesy of Jocelyne Saab’s Friends Association

Repeat: Wednesday, February 16

Poetry is everywhere, even in the refugee camps where absolute misery reigns. In front of old plastic advertising posters on which are drawn in giant format the big icons of luxury and consumerism that make up their shelters, refugee children stand like kings. Symbols of life at the heart of war, fragility, and death, these children are shown by Jocelyne Saab as precious notes of hope in the heart of a dehumanized world. One Dollar a Day was filmed in the Syrian refugee camps of the Bekaa plain, Lebanon in 2015, with text by Etel Adnan.

Jocelyne Saab’s One Dollar a Day is presented within Images of Resistance from Elsewhere, the third of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, War & Conflict
Documentary, Refugees, Middle East, Lebanon, Childhood & Youth
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Jocelyne Saab (1948-2019) was a filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. Saab was born and raised in Beirut. She hosted the pop-music program Marsipulami Got Blue Eyes on the national Lebanese radio, before working as a war journalist. When the Lebanese Civil War broke out, Saab started working on documentary films, eventually turning towards a more personal and essayistic mode of filmmaking. Saab is recognized as one of the pioneers of Lebanese cinema, making roughly thirty films including Palestinian Women (1974), Beirut, Never Again (1976, with Etel Adnan), The Sahara Is Not for Sale (1977), Iran, Utopia in the Making {1980), Beirut, My City (1982), Once Upon A Time Beirut (1994), The Lady of Saigon (1998), Dunia, Kiss Me Not On The Eyes (2005), What’s Going On? (2009), and My Name is Mei Shigenobu (2018).


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