Soudade KAADAN UK, Syria, France 103 mins PG (Some Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
An impactful and heart-wrenching film about the experiences of a family in war-torn Syria.
Nezouh translates as ‘the displacement of water, soul and people’—a perfect description for the family in war-torn Syria depicted in the film. Damascus-based parents Mutaz and Hala, and their daughter Zeina, are facing the dilemma of either staying in their homeland where they risk death, or fleeing the war and in turn uprooting their lives completely.
As we see the trio’s relationships strain, the family drama also exposes the fragility of the male ego and empathises with the teenage desire for freedom and imagination. Nezouh is a powerful commentary on the polarities and complexities of becoming a refugee. Though fictional, this story represents the lived realities of millions of people all over the world.
Soudade KAADAN is a Syrian director based in France. Her work explores the political narratives surrounding Syrians and Syrian refugees. She has produced many documentary films for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel and UNICEF. Her second fiction feature, Nezouh won the Armani Beauty Audience Award at Venice.