|Producers||Amira Kaadan, Soudade Kaadan|
During the Syrian conflict in Damascus, a missile destroys the ceiling of Zeina’s house. She is 12 years old and for the first time, she is sleeping under the stars. She had previously been forbidden even to open a window. For the first time, she sees the outside world and makes friends with Amer, the boy next door. But Zeina feels guilty about her short-lived happiness when she sees her father, Mutaz, burst into tears at the sight of the destruction to his house and life. He hangs a bed sheet on every falling wall until her house looks like a grotesque tent. When the violence in Damascus escalates, Amer’s family decides to leave. But Zeina’s father refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving his house-improvised tent. The women in the family though have nothing more to lose and join the others who are fleeing. Zeina soon discovers that a window is now opening up to a new life for her.
About The Team
Soudade Kaadan (Director) is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theater criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her films have screened at several venues nationally and internationally and have received international awards. Her first feature fiction film The Day I Lost My Shadow was awarded THE LION OF THE FUTURE award for best debut film in Venice Film Festival 2018, and the jury prize for directing at LA Festival and has been screened in several festivals: TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film Aziza won Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.
Nezouh is a Cinereach grantee.