Films In Competition
The Day I Lost My Shadow
يوم أضعت ظليYOM ADAATOU ZOULI
Amidst the Syrian war, harrowed mother Sana slips through the cracks in her everyday reality when an errand goes askew.
It’s winter in war-torn Syria. Young mother Sana struggles to maintain normalcy in her home for the sake of her 8-year-old son. Taking a day off work to buy gas, she shares a taxi with two sibling activists to a nearby town. The seemingly mundane day, however, spirals out of control when the trio is caught in a misunderstanding at a security checkpoint and find themselves lost on the outskirts of Damascus. With night falling, Sana is dragged deeper into another world, in which her sense of self begins to erode.
After working extensively in documentary, Kaadan has crafted an evocative humanist work with touches of magical realism. The Day I Lost My Shadow exudes true visual poetry and boasts a remarkable lead performance.
Cast & Credits
Soudade Kaadan studied theatre criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria, and graduated from Institut d’études scéniques, audiovisuelles et cinématographiques (IESAV) at Saint Joseph University, Lebanon. Her documentaries have received numerous awards including the Martine Filippi Award – URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary, and Dubai International Film Festival’s Muhr Arab Documentary Award.
Sawsan Arsheed, Reham Al Kassar, Samer Ismael
*In Competition, Venice FIlm Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival 2018