AFI Docs ’15: Exclusive trailer – “Salam Neighbor”

Ahead of its world premiere at AFI Docs, realscreen presents the exclusive trailer for Living on One Dollar filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci's doc on the inhabitants of a Jordanian refugee camp, Salam Neighbor (pictured).
June 17, 2015

In Salam Neighbor, American filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci pitch a tent inside Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp – just seven miles from the Syrian border – and examine a humanitarian crisis first-hand. According to the team, they are the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set up provisional housing inside a refugee camp.

The documentary – which enjoys its world premiere at Washington DC festival AFI Docs later this week – finds the Living on One Dollar filmmakers spending four weeks inside the 85,000-strong Za’atari refugee camp and introducing audiences to a number of refugees working to rebuild their lives.

“Before arriving in Jordan, our main look into the Syrian refugee crisis was through American mainstream media,” said Temple and Ingrasci in a joint directors’ statement. “Its focus on violence, hatred, extremism and war separated us from the human experience of being a refugee. We found ourselves subconsciously associating refugees with the small minority of people committing the violence we saw on TV. In reality these refugees were the ones who had actively chosen peace over war.”

Salam Neighbor is produced by 1001 Media and Living on One. The doc will debut in Washington on June 20.

AFI Docs runs from June 17 to 21.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.