by Vida Dena, Belgium, France, 2022, 78’
The Iranian director Vida Dena attended a drawing course in Brussels, where she met Naseem, a Syrian refugee. She decided to film him and his family, bringing to life the drawings which they created together in simple but powerful animations. The drawing became a way to elaborate the war trauma inside their dilapidated apartment. Dena focuses her look on Hala and Rima, the two teenage daughters whose feelings emerge from their drawings. After war and destruction in the past, space gradually grows again to build something new. During the documentary a fifth son is born, Rima gets engaged and for the first time the camera uncertainly comes out the small house.
Watch the trailer:
Live screening: Wednesday, Nov. 15, Cecchi Point, 7.30 p.m.
Introduced and commented by: Alexandra d’Onofrio (University of Manchester) and Ouail El Azhari (Save the Children)