Open Borders: Rania’s story

Interwoven with a seductive album of engaging family photos, Rania Hafez shares her story of moving across the world, war in Lebanon, Israel’s invasion and rising religiosity. The glamorous Lebanese women in her family remind us that Beirut was once the Paris of the East and not shorthand for war-torn hell-hole that the phrase ‘like Beirut’ conjures up to today. For Rania aeroplanes were like taxis and she hopes cheaper flights will mean more people see more of the world and that she points out, requires ending visa restrictions.