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As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members passionately follow international football teams- and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.
By Ashley Gallagher
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
August 14, 2014
OPEN NATS, SUNRISE OVER GAZA CITY/WATER MOVING, THEN WATER UNDER BOAT AND FISHERMEN.
ON CAMERA/OPEN SOT: FARES EL-HESSI, GAZA FISHERMAN, then to PUTTING WATER COVER ON:
I am fares Murad Rahab El-Hessi. I work as a fisherman and learned from my ancestors. I have worked this profession for 20 years.
VOICE OVER/FARES, BROLL OF FISHING, ARRANGING BOAT, CREW AS WELL FISHING OUT ON WATER, OTHERS PASSING
SOT: We are catching fish to sell it to a trader. The trader will sell it in the market.
SOT: We don’t know what the average daily income will be catching fish. Sometimes we collect 800 or 900 dollars. And sometimes the situation is very bad and we cannot even get 100 dollars.
ON CAM/SOT: (start) We sail the boat from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next day, we work on two shifts, my brother and me.
NATSOUND, FARES AND NEPHEWS LOOKING OUT, BENDING OVER, SHOUTING LOOKING FOR FISH, PROGRESSION TO PUTTING OUT THE LINE AND SARDINE PILE...
SOT: Now we have see the fish, we observe the fish in the sea, and when we see it we throw the nets, all the time we observe the fish...to let us can catch.
(butt to) SOT: In the areas we sail, we can only catch small sardines, we throw the nets into the sea, the small sardines are so small we cannot see them,
/QT DIP TO BLACK/
EM-ABED SOT ONCAM: -- THEN BROLL FARES WALKING IN TO EAT AFTER FISHING
Palestinian women depend on their husbands , and because of the bad economic situation we [the family] cannot depend on anyone other than my husband, and even kids feel sad if there is nothing to eat or money in the house.
DIP UP - START ON CAM/BUTT TO SOT FARES /THEN/
COVER W/ VO OF HIM, FISHING DOCK, (THEN BACK TO ONCAM):
I have been detained in a prison in Ashdod, we stayed for 9 days don't know what caused our detention. (butt to) We were sentenced for 1 month and fined 500 dollars per person, and then they transferred us to the Negev prison. After we finished our sentence, then we had to pay the fine and go back to our homes.
ON CAM/EM-ABED SOT:
I felt sad because my husband was arrested by the Israeli army, and I am afraid of them because they use bad methods with prisoners.
VO OF BOATS IN THE MARINA, SHOWING BIGGER ONES WHICH DONT GO OUT -
FARES SOT: I own two boats, one of them is 20meters long, and works in waters after 12miles, we are fishing in Saltan Ibrahim [finding] shrimp and loucos and all kinds of fish, but because of the [Israeli] siege, it does not work.
ON CAM/END ON EM-ABED SOT - THEN LAST COVER OF WATER W/ GAZA IN BACK TO END:
i am glad that [there are negotiations in cairo - i hope they get results, God willing, and let them [the fisherman] go out further than before,
DIP TO BLACK OUT
Fares al-Hessi: Palestinian Fisherman, Gaza
Em-Abed al-Hessi: Fares’ Wife
Produced by: Ashley Gallagher
Shot by: Mohammed Alnajar & Ashley Gallagher
Edited by: Ashley Gallagher
Hazmieh, Beirut, Lebanon
Farah is young Syrian refugee woman in Lebanon who has turned to prostitution to survive. With her father too sick to work and her brother chronically injured by a bomb in Damascus, she is the last person in her family able to make ends meet.
Currently, Syrian refugees make up 1/3 of Lebanon's population. With little to no support infrastructure in place, many refugees are forced to take desperate measures to make ends meet. Among some of the last ditch options is prostitution. According to Lebanese authorities, %73 of prostitutes in Lebanon are Syrian. Prostitutes either work on the streets, or, like Farah, they work in so called "Super Night Clubs", which are brothels masquerading as night clubs.
TRANSCRIPT FOR NATSOT PKG:
OPENING SHOTS - BEAUTY SHOT OVER HAZMIEH,
DIP TO BLACK
OPEN SOT / LIPS ONCAM. My name is Farah, I am from Syria.
VO OF FARAH/WALKING - OVERLAP TO ONCAM,
- FARAH (FONT: SYRIAN PROSTITUTE) : I tried to work in a normal shop, but I found this is the best way to meet my expenses.
VO OF NIGHT LIFE / HAZMIEH, JOUNYEIH SCENES
BUTT TO - I wake up around 11 and take a shower. I only get 2 hours a day to myself when I start moving and I go where I'm to be working and the customers start coming, some you know, some you don't, it's night life.
VO/NATSOUND OF UNDERCOVER CLUB -
FIXER / SOT: Where are all the hot girls?
BOUNCER: if you want hot girls, go downstairs
VO FOLLOWS DOWN STAIRS W/ CREEPY MUSIC.
DIP TO BLACK
VO OPEN/SHOW HASSAN, VO, AT THE BAR, INTRO:
--HASSAN SOT (FONT: SUPER NIGHT CLUB MANAGER) - They go up to the dance floor and the customers can see them and pick out which one they want to take for the night. BUTT TO / Syrians are out on the streets, in places that are illegal, Hazmieh, everywhere, in Lebanon, they are affecting the businesses, they don't have a place to rent or anything, We're not giving them what they deserve. BUTT TO/ If they didn't need the money, they would come here.
BREATHE VO OF THE SUPER NIGHT CLUB WALK THROUGH, WITH A GIRL CHATTING 3-4 SECONDS
[[VO - LET BREATH/SCENES, CLOSE UPS OF HER FIGURE, NIGHT LIFE VO]] SOT: Farah: Maybe they will let me leave, at the same time, maybe later, they will threaten me or do something [violent] to me
butt to SOT FARAH: It is very hard, I don't even like this.
BUTT TO - It will affect me a lot because in this society, wether Lebanese or Syrian, it affects the girl
BUTT TO -
If someone met me and he knows, what they would say about me, they wouldn't take me.
VO/NATS OF OFFICER JOSEPH MOUSALIM / ONCAM / DISPERSE WORKING VO / ON CAM / DAYSIDE ST. SCENES
SOT: Officer Joseph. Mousalim - FONT: Public relations Internal security forces.
Mostly the super night clubs are for foreigners even if there is a few Syrians there, but for the Syrian women, there is either the man comes to their homes or they are referred to someone by the man.
(butt to) SOT: OJM - In terms for human trafficking 73% of the total arrested are Syrians.
[VO OF FARAH / ON CAM, THEN VO OF HER DOING OTHER THINGS, SMOKING WALKING,]] SOT: FARAH, . : In the last year, many things have changed in my life esp when my brother lost his hand and no hospital would accept him, my father got sick, that's what I do these things, especially when my brother had to have surgery and a ligament transplant. (butt to) I have to take responsibility because I am the eldest, my brother are too young and I cannot make them go to work, they still go to school, that's why
DIP TO BLACK/DISSOLVE.
[ON CAM/MOUTH TALKING]] SOT: FARAH: I blame no one, but I wish I was born a boy, so there would be someone older than me to take responsibility. VO OUT OF FARAH WALKING, FADE OUT
As the war in Syria drags on, some Syrian defectors and refugees are choosing to fight with a football. Training in northern Lebanon, team members watched the 2014 World Cup games and were inspired - and now, they are determined to become the new representatives for a free Syrian national team. They are fervent in their Ramadan prayers by day and train with passion at night. We gain rare access to their world, how they live, and just how they hope to rise above the turmoil in their country through sport.
OPENING SHOT: GUYS SPREADING FSA FLAG 3-4 SECONDS/NATSOUND
SECOND SHOT: PLAYING W/ SOCCER BALL / WALK UP
---(CON'T VO)--- 01.15 My name is Nehad Saad al Dine from Homs. I came from Homs to Lebanon 2 years ago. I play with the national Free Syrian team
BUTT TO (OnCam) My house and my family, my brother were caught in shelling .
VO NOUR- SHOW NOUR WALKING THROUG SMALL CORRIDOR OUTSIDE.
1252 My name is Nour al din Khatan, I came from Homs Syria, I play with the Free Syrian team.
(VO --NOUR WALKING)
ONCAM THEN TO VO - NEHAD PLAYING WITH FOOTBALL. ADJUSTING SHIRT ON THE HANGER
-SOT NEHAD:----1015 the regime doesn't distinguish people with the random shelling, we decided to continue with sports despite everything, we have martyrs. we lost our houses and we continue
ONCAM SOT NOUR THEN TO VO OF NEHAD/NOUR BEHIND THE WALL to VO OF THE BOYS BY THE FLAG
NOUR -- , i was visiting a relatives in Tripoli they told me about Nehad, they told me about the team and Nehad the coach , there's Nehad Said al Dieah who's running the Free Syrian team, so they told me "your are a player why don't you join them!"
VO OF NEHAD SHOWING TEAM PIX ON PHONE /ON CAM/ VO OF SHOES
NEHAD: // 1225 The team members work different jobs, so we can collect money from each other to rent stadiums and pay for uniforms, our players are professionals, they used to pay for professional teams in Syria
VO: OPEN STREET SHOTS AND W/ CALLS TO PRAYERS 3-4 SECONDS/ FADE TO NOUR GETTING READY to ON CAM TO IFTAR GATHERING
NOUR: // 1227 [[During Ramadan]] we spend our day: we wake up early, we bring things for the house, we bring things to break the fast and then we after we train for an hour, and then go back, we train again then we spend time with our friends, we pray. this is normal lifE
ON CAM/NEHAD 02.16.00 -- Thanks to God, we're managing our work, we are able to rent a stadium and buy uniformsNOUR: with our work, we are trying to rent a stadium,
VO OF BOYS W/ THE FLAG/ON CAM/EQUPTMT SHOTS
SOT NOUR: 0774 When the crises ends I want this team to represent all Syria, free Syria the independent Syria. To represent all Syria, not to JUST Damascus or Homs, but all Syria, God willing in the coming few years there will be national team no bribing and with no sectarianism and our team will move forward 2.59.23
VO OF IFTAR
ON CAM/NEHAD: we are facing many things here in lebanon, the regime still threatens us, the regime has a lot of allies and the players are in danger
FADE OUT/LAST SHOTS OF NIGHT FOOD/ BOMBING IN THE BACKGROUND OVER NIGHHT CITY SHOTS