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The Borrowed Dress + Soulala

Short Film
Maha Mossa / Syria / 2018 / Arabic / English subtitels / 10 min
SOULALA is a short documentary about a Syrian refugee, Lana Fahmi, a passionate modern dancer who had to start her life twice because of the Syrian war. Suffering from exile, Lana uses the power of dance to keep her closely connected with her past life in Syria.

Main Film
We follow 80-year-old Susu, whose 7 children have fled Syria, and she has to move from Damascus to Dubai to her daughter's family. However, her second daughter has been granted asylum in Norway, and Susu travels to Beirut to say goodbye and maybe see her for the last time. The daughter has to leave her teenage son in Beirut as an illegal refugee, but can she do it for her own safety? All the while Susu longs for her home in Damascus, where she wants to die in the house she has created with her family for 50 years.

A poignant tale of human eye-level about identity, and of being faced with a series of inhuman choices that are beyond their control, and which must be taken in the midst of a discord between emotions and harsh logic in relation to all that is left behind, versus saving his life. In an interview to Alarabiya TV, director Leen Al-Faisal tells that this documentary is based on a real story that deals with her and her family, even the participants in the film are Leen's family members.

Originaltitel: Toub El Irra

Regissör: Leen Alfaisal
Land: Syrien
År: 2018
Längd: 54 minuter
Språk: Arabiska
Textning: Engelska
Genre: Dokumentär
Premiär: 8 juni, 2019
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