Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Serbia, 2017, 96 Min
They are coming from Syria. They have lost their parents. A group of young refugees are just living for the moment in a southern Turkish town. How do young people with traumatic war experiences in their souls cope with the problems of the present? Filmed with refugee children themselves, the Bosnian director Aida Begić succeeds in creating an unusual, haunting everyday portrait.
Isa has lost his mother. He is picked up by a social worker and taken to an orphanage immediately after the funeral service. He skips school and roams the streets of the southern Turkish city of Sanliurfa. He wants to get out of the home as soon as possible and encourages other young refugees to beg. They are all suffering from their war traumas and each one of them has their dreams: the girl Tukka wants to buy an expensive pigeon like the one she had at home in Syria, little Muatez longs to take part in a children's singing competition in Adana.
Of the almost 5 million Syrian refugees, more than half are children, and 600,000 of these have lost both of their parents in the war. Begić presents a very sensitive portrayal of the interaction between the Syrian children and their contacts to the Turkish population. This sees her returning again to the poetic realism of her debut film SNOW. WMH
DCP | Farbe / Colour
Isa Damlakhi, Ahmad Husrom, Motaz Faez Basha, Carole Abboud, Tuka Na’al
Aida Begić, Adis Djapo, Seyyid Muhammed Emin Elhüseyni
Film House Sarajevo
Antuna Hangije 65
Bosnia and Herzegovina
+38 73 32 00 542
Aida Begić - born in 1976 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (today Bosnia and Herzegovina). She graduated in directing from the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts, where she now teaches directing. Her feature film debut SNOW received numerous international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. In 2009 she founded the independent production company "Film House".
SNOW (2008, FFC 2008)
CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO (2012, FFC 2012)
ALBUM (2014, short, FFC 2015)