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Nezouh (12A) + Q&A with director Soudade Kaadan

Free Senior Community Screening

A boy and a girl smile at each other, sitting in the back of a pick up truck.

Delicately weaving lightness and magical realism among heart-breaking desolation, Soudade Kaadan’s drama delivers a powerful and moving perspective on the Syrian conflict.

14-year-old Zeina and her family are the last to have stayed in their besieged hometown of Damascus in Syria. A missile rips a giant hole in their home, exposing them to the outside world. When a rope is mysteriously lowered into the hole, Zeina gets her first taste of freedom, and an unimaginable world of possibility opens up for her.

As the violence outside escalates, the family is pressured to evacuate, but Mutaz, her father is adamant that they stay, refusing to flee to the uncertain life of a refugee. Faced with a life or death dilemma, Zeina and Hala, her mother, must make the choice whether to stay or leave.

This stunning drama from Soudade Kaadan’s Venice Film Festival award-winner offers a powerful and moving perspective on the Syrian conflict.

Syria/UK 2024 dir Soudade Kaadan 104min

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