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Fatmeh Abu Khurj says leaving Damascus' Yarmouk camp reminded her of a scene from the television series "Al-Taghriba" (The Exodus).Khurj's family is from Safouriyya, in northern Palestine.The new film is concerned with the practical and existential challenges facing Syria's multiply displaced Palestinian community.How viewers respond to "We Cannot Go" depends on what they look for in documentary film, and Mansour's doc falls between stools of classification.Like many of her past works, it isn't far removed from classical documentary in that its central core is a cluster of testimonials from Palestinians whose families had been displaced to Syria and who now find themselves someplace else – Lebanon and points west.In classical documentary practice, however, the refugees' at times gut-wrenching testimonials have a counterpoint in the dispassionate historical-sociological account of an expert-sounding narrative voiceover (often accompanied by archival footage).Details of how the Palestinian experience in pre-revolutionary Syria differed from that of Civil War and post-Civil War Lebanon is alluded to in Mansour's film, but only through the impressionistic recollections of her subjects.Instead, Mansour uses a lyrical narrative voiceover – penned by Egyptian-born Lebanese journalist and poet Sahar Mandour and adapted into English by Tarif Khalidi – that speaks for the refugee community as a whole.
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