Directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 102 Minutes World Premiere
Close to 80,000 Syrian refugees live in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, the second-largest such camp in the world. Fifty-eight percent of its inhabitants are children. After Spring immerses us in the rhythms of the camp, the role of the aid workers, and the daily lives of two families as they contemplate an uncertain future. All aspects of refugee camp life are explored, including medical assistance, the self-sustaining economy of its urban center, and even pizza making. But it all arcs on bringing purpose and education to the children uprooted from their homes, often termed the ‘lost generation.’ Executive produced by Jon Stewart, this is a fascinating journey through the camp’s physical and human landscapes.

—Cara Cusumano
Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Latino Director(s), Asian American Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Based in Brooklyn, Ellen has spent over 8 years in the Middle East and lived in Damascus, Syria for four years. Steph has worked in the editorial department of various NYC productions. Recently, she was Associate Producer and Additional Editor on the Emmy Nominated documentary, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. After Spring their first feature.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Brian S. Kang
  • Director:
    Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
  • Co-Producer:
    Jenn Durrett
  • Field Producer:
    Khalid Jabareen
  • Cinematographer:
    Jason Graham Howell, Frank Weiss
  • Editor:
    Paul Lovelace
  • Producer:
    Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
  • Associate Field Producer:
    Hala Hindawi
  • Composer:
    Katy Jarzebowski
  • Executive Producer:
    Jon Stewart, Chris McShane