Synopsis : 14-year-old Zeina and her family are the last to have stayed in their hometown of Damascus, Syria. A missile rips a giant hole in their home, exposing them to the outside world. When a rope is mysteriously lowered into the hole, Zeina gets her first taste of freedom. As the violence escalates, the family is pressured to evacuate but Zeina’s father refuses to leave for the uncertain life of a refugee. Faced with a dilemma, Zeina and her mother must make a choice.

Festival History : Venice International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival

Director : Soudade Kaadan
Producer : Yu-Fai Suen, Soudade Kaadan, Marc Bordure
Screenplay : Soudade Kaadan
DOP : Helene Louvart, Burrak Kanbir
Editor : Soudade Kaadan, Nelly Quettier
Cast : Hala Zein, Kinda Alloush, Samir al-Masri, Nizar Alani, Darina Al Joundi

Soudade Kaadan

Soudade Kaadan (b. 1979, France) is a Syrian director and now based in London. She studied
filmmaking at Saint Joseph University (IESAV), Lebanon. Her debut film film ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ (2018)
was awarded the Lion of The Future, Venice Film Festival, and screened at various festivals including TIFF, BFI
London, Busan and IFFR. Her short ‘Aziza’ (2019) won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.


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