The Guest – Aleppo to Istanbul

The film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem, who fled the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with other refugees. What Lena really wants is to return home, while Meryem’s hope is to reach Europe. They arrive in Istanbul only to face new challenges; abandoned by the only people that could help. Their efforts to survive in the big city, with all its cruelty and coldness, give us hope.

Andac Haznedaroglu| Turkey| Fiction| 2018| 88 min