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NEZOUH (Syria)

August 5, 2023 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:15 pm

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.

Genre:  Drama | War
Run Time:  103 min
Country:  Syria, France, UK
Language:  Arabic with English subtitles
Premiere:  U.S.
Director:  Soudade Kaadan
Writer:  Soudade Kaadan
Producers:  Marc Bordure | Soudade Kaadan | Yu-Fai Suen
Composers:  Rob Lane | Rob Manning
Cinematographers:  Burak Kanbir | Hélène LouvartComposer:
Principal Cast:  Hala Zein, Kinda Alloush, Samer al Masri, Nizar Alani
Distributor:  MK2 Films
Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4KqWSQMhEo

Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
BFI London Film Festival, UK
Mostra de València – Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain
São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan
Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Red Sea International Film Festival, Saudi Arabia

Audience Award – Armani Beauty (Orizzonti Extra), Venice International Film Festival
Lanterna Magica Award, presented by Cinecircoli Giovanili Socioculturali (CGS), Venice International Film Festival


August 5, 2023
10:00 am to approx. 12:15 pm
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