Watani: My Homeland
Human Rights Competition
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.
Stephen Ellis ACE
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Pare Lorentz Award of the International Documentary Association, 2017