What happens to a mother when she gets a letter from her eldest daughter, who writes that she has gone to Syria to take part in the holy fight against the infidel? Samira allows the camera to observe her as she is questioned. She answers honestly, explaining that it’s as if she’s only now hearing what her daughter had been saying, between the lines. But now it’s too late. Samira has been doing everything in her power to get her daughter back for two years now, but in vain. She travels to the Syrian border in the hope of meeting her lost Nora. Then, in a Skype call, Nora just tells her mother to go home. This is one of their few moments of contact. The camera records the mother’s agonizing uncertainty about the fate of her daughter. The sequences in her tiny apartment underscore the feeling of claustrophobia.
Spoken languages: French, Arabic
Subtitles in: English, French
Julie Freres for Dérives
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December 10, 2020
saya & mira
In the days following the war in Bosnia, Saya and Mira live, like many other people, in houses which do not belong to them. Saya, an Orthodox, is an old woman. The war destroyed her house. Today, a refugee in the town of Brcko, she lives under the threat of expulsion. Mira, aged 17, is Muslim. The war forced her family to flee the town to take refuge in the country. Both women dream of being able to return to their homes one day.…