Nathan Fisher
Rebuilding Cold River

NATHAN FISHER received $10,000 for Rebuilding Cold River a verite-style feature-length documentary on the United Nations-led rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared, a Lebanese city that was completely destroyed by the Lebanese Army in a 2007 war. The city was relentlessly shelled for over three months until the entire population of 31,000 civilians fled. The Lebanese Army engaged in the shelling campaign in an effort to root out a dozen or so Islamic militants accused of robbing a bank. More than four years later, Nahr al-Bared has yet to be rebuilt and most of the towns former residents, all Palestinians who were born in Lebanon but do not have Lebanese citizenship, remain scattered in overcrowded tent cities throughout the country. No state on earth considers the 31,000 displaced Palestinians its citizens, which leaves them with the only option of returning to their city to rebuild. This documentary will follow the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as it supervises the rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared, a monumental effort that involves the construction of apartment buildings, parks, schools, doctors office, shopping centers and so much more.

About Nathan Fisher

NATHAN FISHER received $10,000 for Rebuilding Cold River (working title), a feature-length documentary on the United Nations-led rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared, a Palestinian refugee camp outside of Tripoli, Lebanon. Nahr al-Bared was destroyed by war in 2007, and the entire population of 31,000 civilians fled to other refugee camps in Lebanon. No state on earth considers the 31,000 displaced Palestinians its citizens, so the displaced residents of Nahr al-Bared have very few options for resettlement.  Fortunately, the United Nations and Lebanon have agreed to rebuild Nahr al-Bared, which would be the first time in history that a destroyed Palestinian refugee camp has been rebuilt.  However, budget shortfalls have delayed the rebuilding effort, and, nearly five years later, Nahr al-Bared has yet to be rebuilt.  The documentary will follow the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as it supervises the rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared — the first new Palestinian camp built since the 1940s — that involves the construction of apartment buildings, parks, schools, doctor’s offices, shopping centers and more.

About this grant

Year
2011
Discipline
Film and Video
Grant Program
Minnesota Film and Video
Location
Minnesota

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