<p>As the war threatens to leave a generation of young Syrians without education, health care or a state, Lost in Lebanon follows four Syrians who are building a community, sharing resources and attempting to advocate for themselves in their new land.</p>
As the Syrian war continues to leave entire generations without education, health care or a state, Lost in Lebanon closely follows four Syrians as they struggle to rebuild their lives in Lebanon. The resilience of this Syrian community currently making up a fifth of the population in Lebanon is astoundingly clear as they work hard to collaborate, share resources and attempt to advocate for themselves in a new land. With the Syrian conflict continuing to push across borders, lives are becoming increasingly desperate due to the devastating consequences of new visa laws implemented by the Lebanese government, leaving families at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation. Despite these obstacles, the film encourages us to look beyond the staggering statistics of displaced refugees and focus on the individuals themselves.
“Lost in Lebanon captures many of the different ways that Lebanese residency policy affects refugees: an estimated 70 percent of refugees in Lebanon now lack legal status which, amongst other issues, limits their ability to work, access education and health care, and move freely. Although Human Rights Watch and other organisations have engaged in sustained advocacy, the government has refused to make any meaningful changes to the residency process, guaranteeing that the situation will continue to get worse.” - Bassam Khawaja, Lebanon researcher, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch