The Neighborhood Storyteller

United Arab Emirates
50 mins


For the girls at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, marriage may become a reality by the age of 14 or 15. But for 28-year-old Asmaa, mother of four, that doesn’t mean that girls and women have to stop dreaming or leave behind the pleasure of reading. When Asmaa, who married at 16 before being forced to flee a war-torn Syria with her young family, starts a reading group for her neighborhood’s teenage girls, many of whom are reserved. Through reading aloud, drawing and group activities, the girls open up about life at camp, the trauma of war and their dreams for the future. In this touching film by Alejandra Alcala, the girls’ confidence grows and imagination blossoms as they reflect on their pasts and dream of a hopeful future.

World Premiere

Production Team

Alejandra Alcala

Film Contact

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2022 Mountainfilm Festival.
We value your privacy
We use cookies to enhance your browsing experience, serve personalized ads or content, and analyze our traffic. By clicking "Allow Cookies", you consent to our use of cookies. For additional details view our Privacy Policy.
Cookie preferences

You can control how your data is used on our website. Learn more below about the cookies we use by reviewing our Privacy Policy.

Your cookie preferences have been saved.