Salam Neighbor

Two American filmmakers travel to the edge of war, to live with 85,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. Experience an intimate look at the heartbreak and hope on the front lines of the world’s most dire refugee crisis.

The award-winning feature documentary and campaign is a co-production of Optimist and 1001 Media. Made in association with the Emmy winning studio, RYOT Films.


Syria & Jordan




CPH:DOX Official Selection

AFI DOCS Official Selection

2016 Muslim Public Affairs Council Annual Media Award


The film ran an large-scale impact campaign — with curriculums, advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering. One highlight was partnering with Global Citizen for a petition that received more than 250,000 signatures. The film’s youngest refugee character, Raouf, presented the petition at the World Humanitarian Summit and secured a commitment of $90M for refugee education from world leaders. This money has:

  • Resettled 3 families to Canada.
  • Provided 265,023 children with learning materials.
  • Trained 3,726 teachers.

A beautifully crafted story.

UN Refugee Agency