Shot over three years in the Middle East, on the borders between Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, this documentary recounts the everyday life that lies behind the continuing tragedy of civil wars, ferocious dictatorships, foreign invasions and interference, up to the murderous apocalypse of ISIS. The movie tells different stories to which the narration confers a unity that goes beyond geographical divisions. All around and in people’s consciousness, signs of violence and destruction, but in the foreground is the humanity that reawakens every day.
Winner of Arca CinemaGiovani, Sorriso Diverso Venezia and Unicef prizes at Venice Film Festival.
Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlè, Orwa Nyrabia, Eva-Maria Weerts
21Uno Film, Stemal Entertainment, Rai Cinema
Born in Asmara, Eritrea, in 1964. Moves to New York, where he graduates from the New York University Film School in 1985. Following a journey to India in 1993, he produced and directed Boatman, his first movie. After the short Afterwords (2008), Rosi directed features awarded as best film in festivals such as Venice International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and Visions du Réel: Below Sea Level (2008), Sacro GRA (2013) and Fire at Sea (2016), also nominated for the Oscar for best documentary.