Sisters Apart / Im Feuer (2020)
Cheltenham International Film Festival interview with director Daphne Charizani here.
Rojda Xani (Almila Bagriacik) is a young Kurdish-Iraqi woman who has lived in Germany since childhood and now serves in the German army. She traces her mother (Maryam Boubani) to a Greek refugee camp, and learns that her sister Dilal (Gonca de Haas) went home after seeing her mother on to a people-smuggler’s boat. In Germany, mother and daughter get to know each other after their long separation. Then Rojda volunteers to go to Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on a deployment to train female Kurdish soldiers to fight ISIS, but no-one must discover her real mission: to find her missing sister.
A film about cultural complications, family loyalties and war, written by its Greek director, Daphne Charizani
Sisters Apart won the Best Premiere, Narrative Feature Award at the 2020 Heartland International Film Festival.
’…this compelling drama from Greek born director Daphne Charizani whose script makes this exciting drama a real winner: the characters are well-fleshed out in a story that is fresh and inventive with surprising twists and turns.’ - Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia.
’… gives a seminar in film economy and despite its short duration, the tight script allows the film to shed light on many issues… not letting even half a scene go to waste with the pace being impeccable.’ - Alexandros Kyriazis, Filmboy.gr
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German, Kurdish, English