drama / France, Syria, UK / Color / status : in post-production / Arabic / General Audience / long feature-film / All Rights / International catalogue
14-year-old Zeina and her family are the last to have stayed in their besieged hometown of Damascus in Syria. A missile rips a giant hole in their home, exposing them to the outside world. When a rope is mysteriously lowered into the hole, Zeina gets her first taste of freedom, and an unimaginable world of possibility opens up for her.
As the violence outside escalates, the family is pressured to evacuate, but Mutaz, her father is adamant that they stay, refusing to flee to the uncertain life of a refugee. Faced with a life or death dilemma, Zeina and Hala, her mother, must make the choice whether to stay or leave.
In her follow-up to The Day I Lost My Shadow, awarded in Venice with the Lion of the Future for Best Debut Film, and her Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning short, Aziza, Syrian director Soudade Kadan tells an allegorical tale of female emancipation where hope is born out of chaos.