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A Life on Hold

Broadcast via The Guardian and produced by Amnesty International the film is an intimate portrait of Omar, a 17 year old stranded in a refugee camp since the 2011 war in Libya.

It offers a unique perspective of one person amongst thousands waiting for a chance to start their life again in a safe country.

When the 2011 war broke out in Libya, thousands of refugees from countries such as Somalia, Sudan, and Eritrea, who were living in or transiting through the country at the time, were forced to flee for their lives yet again. They are now waiting in refugee camps along the Tunisian and Egyptian borders – unable to return home due to war or persecution, unable to return to Libya due to ongoing violence and discrimination, and unable to stay in Tunisia or Egypt, countries both undergoing their own political upheavals.

The film premiered at the Media That Matters festival and has subsequently been shown at numerous festivals worldwide and is used by Amnesty as a powerful advocacy tool. We followed this up with a second part, Rain is Beautiful