Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are denied human rights.

City Life - Waiting to Go

This program from the City Life series is set in Lebanon, where (according to the UN) there are three hundred seventy-five thousand Palestinian refugees. Palestinians are unwanted in Israel, but in war-torn, sectarian Lebanon, among fellow Arabs, they hardly fare better, and most live in poverty. Barred from working, they also have limited access to medical care and higher education. Many have been in Lebanon for over fifty years.

A Palestinian doctor working in the PLO-funded Haifa hospital in Burj el Barajneh refugee camp, Beirut, earns US $200 month, and is glad of the work: she's forbidden in any Lebanese hospital. Elsewhere young Palestinians do not value education because they see their parents in menial, part-time jobs regardless of their qualifications. For refugees living in South Lebanon, a degree qualifies a person to pick oranges, at a salary of US $6.30 a day. South Lebanon's refugees are even prohibited from rebuilding their houses.

Those who can get out of Lebanon go to Europe, Canada, or the USA -- but they never give up hope of returning to their villages in Palestine. Adding insult to injury, a recent law enacted in Lebanon prohibits Palestinians from owning property -- though people from any other recognized state have that right. But Palestinians do not have a state: they are officially stateless.

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Citation

Main credits

Tatham, Di (film producer)
Stewart, Charles (film director)
Sutton, Lee (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Lee Sutton; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Jenny Richards.


Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Di Tatham

Television Trust for the Environment
Di Tatham
Produced by Di Tatham
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Israel / Palestine
Lebanon
Human Rights
Immigration and Refugees
War and Peace
Human Rights Law
International Relations and Geopolitics
Human Geography
Youth Issues

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
At-risk Youth
Conflict Resolution
Developing World
Economics
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
Health
History
Human Rights
Humanities
Immigration
International Studies
Islamic Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Migration and Refugees
Population
Social Justice
Sociology
War and Peace

Keywords

Palestinians, Israel, Lebanon, refugees, human rights; "Waiting to Go"; Bullfrog Films

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