“No matter how bad the situation gets, people will always need someone to cut their hair.” Filmmaker Faisal Attrache says that is why he chose barbers as central figures of his documentary film 'Walk-Ins Welcome: Stories of Syrian Refugee Barbers'.
The film is set in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where over 120,000 of the estimated two million Syrians displaced by the civil war are now living. It's no accident that Attrache tackled this subject. He was born in As-Suwayda', Syria and emigrated to the United States with his family when he was a young child.
After earning university degrees in Environmental Studies and International Development, he was drawn to film and photography. He began to explore filmmaking and decided that it was the best outlet for his creative and emotional energy. Above all, he wanted to do what he could to improve the lives of people in Syria and the Middle East.
Attrache spent a year in Syria studying Arabic while he made his first short film in his hometown of As-Suwayda'. Faisal is a third-year MFA Film and Television Production candidate at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.