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Nezouh

Orizzonti Extra

Director:
Soudade Kaadan
Production:
Berkeley Media Group (Yu-Fai Suen), KAF Production (Soudade Kaadan), Ex Nihilo (Marc Bordure)
Running Time:
100’
Language:
Arabic
Country:
UK, Syrian Arab Republic, France
Main Cast:
Hala Zein, Kinda Aloush, Nizar Alani, Samir Almasri, Darina Al Joundi, Nabil Abousalih, Samer Seyyid Ali
Screenplay:
Soudade Kaadan
Cinematographer:
Helene Louvart, Burrak Kanbir
Editor:
Soudade Kaadan, Nelly Quettier
Production Designer:
Osman Özcan
Costume Designer:
Selin Sözen
Music:
Rob Lane, Rob Manning
Sound:
Steve Single, Thomas Robert, Paul Davies
Visual Effects:
Serdal Ates, Ahmed Yousry

Synopsis

An allegorical tale of female emancipation set amidst the Syrian conflict in Damascus, about a family who decides to stay behind in the besieged area. When a shell rips a giant hole in the roof of the building where 14-year-old Zeina and her family live, they are suddenly exposed to the outside world. One day a young boy living nearby lowers a rope through the opening in the family’s roof and Zeina discovers her first taste of freedom. Whilst her father is determined to stay in his home and not become a refugee, this new window opens up an unimaginable world of possibilities to her and her mother who now face a dilemma of whether to stay or leave.

Director’s Statement

It is only after the bombing started in our neighbourhood in Damascus that I left the house with my sister. Damascene society was conservative, even in liberal families. With the new wave of displacement, it became normal (for the first time) to see young Damascene women living alone and separating from their families. Myself, and many of my friends, started to make decisions we would never make before. Now, sadly, there is no more society, something new has occurred.
‘Nezouh’ in Arabic is the displacement of souls, water and people; it is the displacement of light and darkness. Nezouh tries to talk about this inevitable invasion of light and hope in the midst of this chaos.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Yu-Fai Suen – Berkeley Media Group Limited
2 Bankside, Elm Road
SO22 5LZ – Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 07958961366
yufai.suen@berkeleymediagroup.com

PRODUCTION 2: Soudade Kaadan – KAF Production
98 Sutherland Ave
W9 2QR – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 07951358788
soudade.kaadan@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 3: Marc Bordure – EX NIHILO
52 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 153363232
aurore@agatfilms.com
Facebook: Agat films – Ex nihilo
Instagram: agat_films_exnihilo
Twitter: agat films – ex nihilo

WORLD SALES: Fionnuala Jamison – mk2 films
55 rue Traversière
75012 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 144673030
intlsales@mk2.com

PRESS OFFICE: Christelle Randall – Christelle Randall PR
United Kingdom
Mob. +44 7834624300
christelle@christellerandall.com


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