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Nezouh

Soudade Kaadan, Amira Kaadan

Syria

synopsis

During the Syrian conflict in Damascus, a missile destroys the ceiling of Zeina’s house. For the first time, she sleeps under the stars when before she was forbidden to open the windows. For the first time, she sees the exterior world and notices Yazan, the neighbor’s kid. But Zeina feels guilty about her short lived happiness when she sees her father, Mutaz, burst into tears. He hangs a bed sheet on every falling wall until the house looks like a grotesque tent.

Yazan sneaks onto the roof. Behind the sheets, he whispers to her all night long. Zeina falls in love with his imaginative stories. But very soon, the violence escalates. Yazan’s family decides to leave, but Mutaz refuses to become a refugee. Zeina’s mother manages to escape with her five daughters along with Yazan’s family, leaving Mutaz with the remains of his home.

The two families reach a school sheltering refugees. They share a room with a single window. Away from her father, Zeina feels this place is her own little oasis. But very soon after, they are forced to evacuate the school. It is then that Zeina and Yazan discover that they own nothing but the moment.

intention

It was only after the bombing started in our neighborhood in Damascus that I left the house with my sister. Coming from a modern liberated society, no one outside Syria, could understand why we had not done this earlier.

Damascene society was really closed even in liberal families. Women were allowed to travel, work, study and do everything but live alone. With the new wave of displacement it has become normal, for the first time, to see young Damascene women living alone and separate from their families. Many of my friends started to make decisions they would never dare to make before. It is sad that there is no more society and its structure and priorities have changed, but something new has happened. In the middle of the chaos of war and tragedy there is always some light and some freedom.

The media is unable to notice this change because the stories of armed men with religious flags are more captivating than stories of women opening the doors to their house in war time. “Nezouh” in Arabic is the displacement of souls and people; it is the displacement of spirits and bodies in Syria. And with displacement there is definitely change. Nezouh tries to talk about this inevitable invasion of light in the middle of this chaos. It is maybe also about the displacement of darkness.

A bomb falls on Zeina’s house, opening a window to a new colorful life.
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Soudade Kaadan

Film Director

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Amira Kaadan

Production

production notes

directed by
Soudade Kaadan

produced byKAF Production Co.
Mazzeh, West Villas
Damascus
Syria

total production budget
€ 600.000

current financial need
€ 600.000