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“Refugee” seems almost the wrong word for the inhabitants of Palestinian refugee camps, most of whom don’t remember a time when they or their families had a permanent home. Trapped between two implacable forces, people such as the central characters in director Mai Masri’s Ahlam al-Manfa: Frontiers of Dreams and Fears are permanently exiled from lands that remain tantalizingly nearby. The film personifies the Palestinian plight in the characters of two young people, Mona and Manar, who spend time in the Shatila refugee camp and Bethlehem’s al-Dhaysha refugee camp and end up separated not only from their homes but also from each other. Masri will lead a discussion of the film after this local-premiere screening, which is co-sponsored by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and benefits the Children of Shatila Scholarship Fund. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Georgetown University’s ICC Auditorium, 37th and O Streets NW. $10. (202) 244-2990. (Mark Jenkins)