Watani: My Homeland

Human Rights Competition
Marcel Mettelsiefen
United Kingdom
2017
76min
Arabic, German, English

Hala, Ali and their four children cope with the day-to-day hardships of life on the frontline in the city of Aleppo. The film chronicles the life of the family as they face the double threat of bombardments by the Syrian regime and the growing influence and menace of ISIS. After her husband goes missing, Hala and her four children decide to flee. Following the family for three years, the film offers insight into the psychological and physical hardships of living as a refugee. Watani: My Homeland is a remarkable film about the wide-reaching impact of war, exploring the resilience of young children and their capacity to find hope in desperate situations.

Projections: 
11.07. Wednesday 16:00
Toldi
English Subtitles
Discussion
11.10. Saturday 18:00
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Marcel Mettelsiefen
Stephen Ellis
Editor: 
Stephen Ellis ACE
Camera: 
Marcel Mettelsiefen
Sound: 
Ben Baird
Music: 
Andrew Phillips
Production info: 
ITN Productions
Distribution info: 
Unscrypt Limited, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Woodfield Cedars, Northampton Lane, Ombersley, Droitwich, WR9 0LJ, Telephone: +4915142533437, marcel@unscrypt.com, www.unscrypt.com
Awards: 
Pare Lorentz Award of the International Documentary Association, 2017