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Terror's Children

Screencap of "Terror’s Children (2003)"

Screencap of "Terror’s Children (2003)"

Question: It's a lovely film. It gets back to the original question about that scene. And why you decided in that moment to stop being the observer and engage in that moment. What was going on in your head?

Obaid: First, I am a very emotional person and throughout the filming experience, I found myself becoming very attached to all the children. His younger brother was most antagonistic towards me. He didn't want us to film per se and he never cooperated with us and he thought that in some way I was making his brother question the authority of the elder brother. I spent about 10 weeks in the refugee camp and I didn't see his brother work one single day. And by the end of it, I was saying injury or no injury, there is an 11 year old boy who is working and supporting an entire family of five people while his elder brother indulges in drugs, does gambling in the afternoon and was even caught stealing. So I guess I decided - I didn't know it was going to be part of the film in the end-I just decided to go all out and give it to him and hopefully having a woman scream at him would hit home some sense!

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