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Before the Syrian refugee crisis spilled over into Europe, first-time feature filmmakers Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching were in Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp with their cameras. There among the camp's 80,000-plus residents, Martinez and Ching found a more intimate portrait of the people displaced by civil war than usually found in news reports. Their documentary, "After Spring," which premiered Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival, shows the simple humanity of the refugees, most of them middle-class families just looking for safety. It focuses largely on a pair of families, as well as the refugees' industrious improvising of regular life – the camp's shop-lined main drag (dubbed the Champs Elysees), and a taekwondo academy run by Charles Lee.Their stories, Ching said, hit home. For Stewart, this is an example of projects he finds himself drawn to after exiting "The Daily Show".Ching and Martinez's "After Spring," with its gentle focus on humanity, was one of those things.
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