Two Syrian brothers in their mid 20s take a leap of faith and decide to start their lives from scratch in new cities. They leave everything behind except their passion for life, determination, sense of humor and hope for a better future. Their closest cousin, Wissam, decides to film their odysseys for over five years, questioning the true meaning of home, bringing back some childhood memories, while exploring the human ability to cope with change as radical as it may be.
Wissam Tanios studied Cinema at IESAV, Beirut. The Cinema that tackles subjects like family, detachment, grief and human relationships is his favorite.
His short documentary Aftermath won Best Documentary at the Lebanese Film Festival in 2012. Departures his second short film was competing in many film festivals worlwide and won the best narrative short at the 2nd Annual Alwan Awards, New York.
We Are From There (World Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020) is his first feature film with which he participated in the Global Media Makers six weeks’ film residency in Los Angeles in 2018. It was awarded Best Arab Film and Best Non-Fiction Film at 2020 Cairo International Film Festival.