Diamonds, backpacks and A matchbox

Director: Amirah Tahdin | Documentary | UK and Kenya | Runtime: 74 min


Diamonds, Backpacks and a Matchbox is an intimate portrayal of struggle, unfathomable loss, and the enduring power of the human spirit. It is a film about survival and belonging, which captures the catastrophic impact of the Syrian war through the eyes of those who have lived it. Filmed in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon during the winter of 2016/17, this feature-length documentary tells the stories of some of the millions of Syrians whose lives have been upended by desperation and violence. These are the voices of Syria’s survivors; sharing their fears, dreams and hopes for the future. Diamonds, Backpacks and a Matchbox is the human face behind the most urgent humanitarian crisis of our time, and a call for empathy to a world that still too often looks the other way.