With visual and emotional power, Abbe Hassan crafts a drama about a rough-and-tumble human trafficker who meets a twelve-year-old on the run.
In a Turkish harbour, a stream of people comes out of a pale yellow container. The year is 2015 and millions of migrants are trying to get into a closed Europe. One of them is a twelve-year-old Syrian girl Amal. Her sisters are supposed to be in Greece, her parents in Sweden. But that is far away when the Turkish police suddenly storm the container harbour. Abbe Hassan who previously produced Måste Gitt and directed the short film Guld (GFF 2018), debuts with an incredibly strong film that with action sequences and thriller elements creates a dynamic picture of a specific European current history, but also an intimate portait of two people who for different reasons have to get along. Ashraf Barhoum and Jwan Alqatami act with throbbing life and creates emotional nuances to portray the unexpected friendship that takes both of them to new places.
- Jonas Holmberg