EN SPLITTET FAMILIE
Languages: Arabic, Danish, English
Two Syrian refugee boys are living alone in Turkey. Jad is 11 years old, his brother Nidal is 17. Two and a half years ago, their mother Rana fled to Denmark, hoping to establish a safe future for her children. She was under the impression that the children would be able to come to Denmark within half a year, but the European refugee policy obstructs the move and throws Rana into an existential crisis, that makes her doubt her choice of leaving her children behind. ‘Reunited’ follows a family divided by war, and lets the audience experience the consequences of choices made under huge amounts of pressure.
Before the war in Syria, the family lived in Aleppo. Rana was a doctor with her own clinic. Mukhles, the father, worked as a surgeon. He fled to Canada and like Rana, he has made a plea for citizenship and family reunification, but without any luck.
The family's happy past is seen through the father's own video recordings, while the rest of the family is depicted by an intimate camera, capturing the family's raw, unpolished reality.
Will the family succeed in being reunited? ‘Reunited’ captures the human sacrifices and dilemmas brought upon families by war. Rana and Mukhles state that they feel alienated from their children, even though they skype with them often. They also doubt they can recover the loving feelings towards one another.
An unpolished reality filled with human drama and political undertones. Two children are living alone in Turkey. Mother has fled to Denmark, father to Canada, because of the war in Syria. Everybody is trapped in a Kafkaesque system. Will they succeed in being reunited?
Director: Mira Jargil
Producer: Kirstine Barfod
Production Co: Moving Documentary
Cast: Rana Agha, Jad Alfares, Mukhles Alfares
- Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Award @ HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival 2021
- Best Documentary, Bodil Awards, 2021.
- Best Feature Nominee, International Documentary Association, 2021.