The movie “Tent 56″… about sex in the camps “Without a sound for the boys to wake up”

The movie “Tent 56” by director Seif Sheikh Najib and writer Sundus Barhoum has sparked controversy on social media due to its use of the southern Syrian dialect “Houraniya” to raise the issue of “marital relations” and how they are practiced in the camps . which some took as an insult to “Al-Hawrana”, as they went. Some accused the laborers of deliberately mistreating the camp residents.
The text was about an idea that apparently answers the question “How to have sex in the camps”, but the film, which was no more than 20 minutes long, went into various humanitarian issues. their children, and even living in a tent can force her to satisfy her husband without having the ability to access her natural right to love.
For example, camp wives are deprived of a “kiss”, because they may have sex with their husband in an unclean place such as a “kraal”, or they may be forced to watch the road through a hole in the tent. of her children suddenly enter as her husband performs a quick “mechanical movement”. Without any love in practice, the freedom to wear a seductive dress or ‘underwear’ becomes a dream.
In this hypothesis, according to the author’s vision, one of the female characters in the film persuades the other to invent an alternative place, a tent that would be a safe haven to have sex with their husbands according to an organized schedule to have, so that the right to benefit from this place is shared among the camp’s inhabitants, who mainly turned to the camps in search of a safe place from the fires of war in their country.

One of the female characters in the film convinces the others to come up with an alternative place, a tent that will be a safe haven to have sex with their husbands according to an organized schedule.

The tent becomes an important issue among the camp’s married residents, but what is built on fragile ground such as displacement will remain fragile. There is no safety outside the boundaries of the natural abode. want to steal residents may enter under the pretense of mistakes, as happened in the scene of a teenager who tried to drop in on a couple occupying the tent under the pretense of missing the road.
A wind can uproot this place and leave the wish of its owners for a “night of love” to be lost to the wind, just as an entire homeland was lost. Even if this place is patched up again, a fire may reach it due to “the inattention of its inhabitants” and burn it again, but the author insists that there will be a collective effort to rebuild this place, as if its the Syrians to think, even for once, to stand with each other to rebuild their place (their homeland), to be safe by faith in this place and to share its necessity.
The film discusses how the camp’s women try to escape to have children by obtaining “mana pills” from the camp’s shawish, who as the “Mukhtar” is responsible for meeting the residents’ needs.
However, some camp residents desire to reproduce despite the lack of a suitable environment for child education and rearing, an issue that, although the film quickly succeeded, does exist and indicates the authoritarianism of men who decide to reproduce to plant to the extent that they tolerate violence against. women if they don’t get pregnant.
It is noteworthy that the number of births registered in refugee camps located inside or outside Syrian territory is high, and there is an increase in the population of the camps more than the normal rate of births, even in Syria before the war .

The film discussed how women try to avoid having children by getting “mana pills” from the camp’s shwaish, who are responsible for meeting the needs of the population as the “chosen one”.

The director of the work did not go directly to sex scenes, nor did he make pornographic scenes to attract the audience, and the objection to the use of the southern Syriac dialect was misplaced as the observer of the variation of dialects in the Syrian regions realize that there is no dialect that governs the camp inhabitants that appeared in the film It is a mixture of “Bedouin – Chawi – Houraniya”, and in its entirety are dialects of the inhabitants of geographically distant regions, although they close to each one. others in terms of pronunciation.
Moreover, the reality is that the majority of the camp dwellers in Lebanon and Jordan, at least, are residents of the eastern and southern regions, and therefore it would have been difficult for the writer or director to use a dialect from outside Syria. to avoid the accusation of stereotyping or offending.
Abu Yousef, a resident of the Abu Khashab camp, in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor, told Raseef22 that his “legal separation” from his wife would not have happened naturally since he set foot in the camp in 2017 not. Sexual relations take place. quickly, and often in complete silence. For fear of waking one of his children who is already in the tent.

The 45-year-old adds that he may have to cancel the idea of ​​sex with his wife because there is no need for hot water to shower, or he may have to stop the sexual process suddenly if one of his children wakes up to drink or to go to the bathroom.
As for Khaled Al-Aziz, who is almost 35 years old, he says that the search for a suitable place can drive him to have sex in the trunk of his truck, in which he has been transferred to a random camp south of Damascus . the northern countryside of Hasaka since 2012. Inside this “hidden” place, Khaled stretches out a foam mattress in the back of the truck to spend an hour with his wife absolutely freely, often sneaking with her to her safe place after their children were asleep, with caution similar to the caution of thieves for fear of waking one of them.
“We steal time for a quick break to get back to the tent before any of the kids wake up and panic if they don’t find us,” he laughs.
Rabea, who lives in a random camp near the village of Al-Sour in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor, says that the presence of her husband’s mother occurs during their sexual intercourse between her and her husband at night, and she is often forced to reveal the date of the practice of her mother-in-law during the day, and here the 70-year-old mother-in-law plays a role in the sexual relationship Between her son and his wife, she plays him by sitting near the door of the tent as ‘ a “guard”, which prevents any of the children from entering.

The woman is forced to reveal the date of the practice to her mother-in-law, who has the role of guard in the relationship, by sitting near the door of the tent and preventing the children from entering

Regarding the mechanism for informing the man’s mother of the embarrassment, Rabea told Raseef22: “When my husband informs me of his desire, we agree that he will leave the tent in the morning and at an agreed hour return, and then time I have to tell his mother that he will come back at such and such an hour to bathe him, and without any further explanation she understands what she must do. However, in some situations, wit may occur, such as saying on a very cold or hot day that he should postpone his bath, declaring that she refuses to leave the tent, and not allowing seclusion to take place.
“Alaa” is one of the young men who worked with a charity active in the camps in Syria. He told Raseef22: “More than once during our visits to the “shelter centers” I heard more than one displaced person asking about the possibility of giving him a second room permanently, and we often heard the phrase (I And where do we go on our own?” Alaa added: “It was surprising for us as volunteers or workers in associations, we usually came to provide them with in-kind and material assistance related to the necessities , and each family was given a room in a school which is basically a good-sized classroom, and when we passed a few rooms, we watched someone divide them with some sheets or blankets to ‘ building a tent or isolating a part of this room so that it will be like a bedroom for the couple, and this is normal, because intimacy is a natural right for both spouses.

Khaled puts a foam mattress in the bed of the truck so that he and his wife can spend an hour freely with his wife after their children are asleep, as carefully as the thieves were afraid to wake up.

As for Enas, who works with a local Syrian association, she says: “We used to talk to women about the need to organize children, at least in war conditions, but all our activities were just meetings that none of the women attended paid attention to, as they are often subject to the influence of men in the decision to reproduce, and often quantities were. the same happens in the refugee and displacement camps for Syrians abroad.”

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