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
A musician hears his wife’s paintings, bringing his melodies to life. A painter sees her husband’s music, creating work in captivating color.
Tameem Amer | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 12 min
Yassmina Karajah| Jordan, Canada| Fiction| 2017| 15 min
Having fled the war in Syria, Fatimah’s life in a refugee camp in Jordan is run by a patriarchal system. To maintain some peace in the tent city, she succumbs to obeying orders from males, avoiding confrontation. Fatimah talks bravely of the lack of privacy, and the constant judgement and shaming from the men around. Resilient, determined, and wise beyond her young years, she shares her lessons for survival.
In the presence of filmmaker, Omar Rammal
Omar Rammal| Jordan| Documentary| 2018| 10 min
Docu-drama of everyday Yemenis. As they talk about their daily lives, they reflect on what it is to be Yemeni, what matters, what they strive for, and how the ongoing war impacts their social relationships. How life changed, unity has been broken, they face obstacles and bumps, find their resilience, and make choices on the long road ahead.
Ala’a Hafed, Ali Al-Matri | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 10 min
In a village in Yemen, Ahlam confronts the status quo of females as secondary citizens with no awareness of, nor right to, their rights. She is determined to pursue education as her weapon. As the only female with a university education, she commits herself to teaching, and despite the onslaught of war that disrupts schooling, her resourcefulness enables her to find backing to forge ahead with an education for all plan.
Shadi Al-Areeqi | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 12 min
Sarah, a French-speaker, lives in a city where the majority of the inhabitants are Spanish-speakers. Due to ethnic riots, the government has decided to divide the city into three zones and to limit them by a wall. Married to a Spanish-speaker, Sarah lives in Zone A and is thus separated from her brother who lives in zone C.
In the presence of the director, Louise Heem
Louise Heem| France| Fiction| 2016| 23 min
Samah, 15 years old, lives in miserable conditions with her family in northwestern Tunisia. Victim of a dire financial situation, the teenager takes the first step in her life on an identical path to that of her mother and ancestors.
Anis Absi| Tunisia| Documentary| 2018| 26 min
Four women meet in Dar Joued (a women’s prison) on the eve of Independence day. From different ages and social conditions, they are condemned to live together under the authority and injustice of their jailer: Jaida. They share memories of the outside world, and also the joy, emotions and torment of their daily lives in Dar Joued.
Selma Baccar| Tunisia| Fiction| 2017| 110 min
After living in Germany for 12 years, Hanna’s mother falls ill in Lebanon and Hanaa returns to see her. The mother’s last wish triggers her to look for her twin brother Firas who got kidnapped in the Lebanese civil war.
Mira Shaib| Germany, Lebanon| Fiction| 2018| 24 min
Forty years ago, she fled with her parents from Lebanon to Greece. Now filmmaker Cynthia Choucair sees how history is repeating itself. The Greek island of Lesbos is being flooded with refugees. It’s an ideal spot for Clowns Without Borders, an organisation that welcomes refugees with humour and cheerfulness, as an antidote to fear and mistrust. Red nose on, bubbles ready to be blown: the group of volunteers is prepared. But where are the refugees?
Cynthia Choucair| Lebanon| Documentary| 2018| 85 min
Grandma Susu (80), her daughter Doaa (50), and her grandchild Saad (16) are forced to flee the Syrian civil war and live in diaspora, united by the desire to return home.
Leen Alfaisal| UAE, Jordan, Lebanon| Documentary| 2017| 56 min
Have you heard the phrase, think outside the box? This is a story about such a box. The box is full of miserable creatures. One of them doesn’t belong there.
Dušan Kastelic| Slovenia| Animation| 2017| 12 min