Cinema of the world


Director : Soudade Kaadan
Country : Syria, United Kingdom, France
Language : Arabic
Duration : 100 minutes
Year : 2022

Cinema of the world


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.

Soudade Kaadan


Soudade Kaadan 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


– Nizar Alani
– Kinda Alloush
– Samer al Masri
– Hala Zein


– Director: Soudade Kaadan
– Producer: Marc Bordure, Soudade Kaadan, Yu-Fai Suen
– Editor: Soudade Kaadan, Nelly Quettier
– Writer: Soudade Kaadan
– Dop: Burak Kanbir, Hélène Louvart
– Sound: Serter Alkaya, Paul Davies, Thomas Robert
– Music: Rob Lane,Rob Manning

Awards and Nominations

Winner – Venice Film Festival 2022
(Audience Award ,Lanterna Magica Award)
Nominee – London Film Festival 2022 (Best film)
Nominee – Girls on Film Awards 2023 (Best Cinematographer)