New Directors Competition
In 2015, the Syrian boy Aylan appeared dead on Bodrum beach, Turkey. The image shocked and alerted the world to the refugee crisis. The film imagines what could have happened to this kid until the day he died, when the dinghy he was on board with his family, crossing to Greece, capsized in high seas. The story springs from a moment of magical realism when Aylan’s spirit emerges from his body and wanders back into the world of refugees and displaced war victims who hope to escape to a better life.
Nader Fallah, Farshid Gavili, Paria Vaziri, Aziz Capkurt
Mohammad Ahmadi, Batin Ghobadi, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Mij Film, The Kurdish Project
Born in Baneh, Iran, in 1979. He began his artistic career as a painter and, later, started to write and direct movies. He directed short films, such as The Painter (2000), Ready for Death (2008) and Ask the Wind (2010), which won the Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival, and the feature Mardan (2014). The Little Refugee is his second long-length film.