Silent Storm

  • Anaïs Moog
  • Switzerland
  • 2019
  • 13 min
  • International Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

The sea holds irresistible promise for those hoping for a better life across the water; the women who have lost their loved one to it never want to see it again. In this impressionistic short film we hear from two women on the Mediterranean shore, who have lived through the horrific outcome of the hazardous journey their son and brother undertook. He was fearless, strong, intelligent. He never looked back. He knew he would one day return to them.

His mother dreams about her boy, and sees him when she’s staring into space. She wonders what he did in the face of the implacable sea. Did he yell, or did he cry? Did he call for his mother or father? These questions are part of a universal experience. “This heartache, so many mothers were eaten by it,” she says. The women grieve, dream and reminisce, while the waves roll relentlessly on.

Credits

  • 13 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Arabic
  • Subtitles in: English
Director
Anaïs Moog
Production
Gabriela Bussmann for GoldenEggProduction
Co-production
Haute école d'art et de design, HEAD – Genève
Cinematography
Anaïs Moog
Editing
Pierre Schlesser

IDFA history

2019
International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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