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The Day I Lost My Shadow

Yom Adaatou Zouli

Soudade Kaadan’s moving drama unfolds in war-torn Syria, where a woman travels to the outskirts of Damascus and witnesses the fate of her countrypeople.

Dir-Scr Soudade Kaadan
Prod Amira Kaadan
With Sawsan Erchied, Samer Ismael, Reham Alkassar
Syria-Lebanon-France-Qatar
2018
94min
Sales Stray Dogs
Subtitles

Sana tries to create a normal everyday for her eight-year-old son, despite the desperateness of their situation. The pharmacy she works at is constantly raided and its owner has disappeared. To find fuel for cooking, Sana embarks on a journey to the outskirts of Damascus, only to discover a world of struggle and pain far beyond her own. She witnesses the resilience of women who spend their days digging graves for those who will soon die and comes to understand the meaning of forcible disappearance. Though it offers hope through the kindness of strangers, willing – despite their own fears and problems – to offer Sana food, shelter and comfort, Kaadan’s bold, gripping debut reminds us that the future will be burdened with the shadow of these dark times.

Elhum Shakerifar

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