The film takes place during the Syrian conflict, where a missile destroys the ceiling of the house of -14 year-old Zeina. As a result, she sleeps for the first time under the stars and makes friends with Amer — the boy next door. When the violence escalates, Hala – Zeina's mother – decides to leave. She then gets into an argument with her husband, Motaz, who refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving their house.

Soudade Kaadan

UK, Syria, France

Arabic dialogue, with English subtitle

Feature Film

104 minutes

2022 (UAE Premiere)


Soudade Kaadan

Born in France, Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director who studied theater criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and graduated from the Institut des Etudes Scénique, Audiovisuelles, et Cinématographiques (IESAV) of Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. Her first feature film, “The Day I Lost My Shadow”, won the Lion of the Future Award at the Orizzonti Competition of the Venice Film Festival and the Jury Prize at the LA Festival. Also, her short film “Aziza” won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.