DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Tiny Souls


Tiny Souls




CATALOGUE TEXT
They and all the others will continue to inspire life, Dina Naser writes at the end of her film about three children of war in Syria. They grow up in a refugee camp in Jordan: Marwa is the eldest, then there’s her sister Ayah and finally Mahmoud, the youngest. They have seven other siblings, but the family was torn apart when one brother in Syria no longer wanted to serve in the army and thus the dictator Assad. Marwa is the heroine of the film. She will soon be grown-up or at least considered almost of marriageable age by her parents. Her mother and father now make sure she doesn’t go out any more. But she already has a boyfriend.

Dina Naser follows the three children’s fate and everyday life over an extended period of time, starting in 2014. The filmmaker even hands the camera temporarily over to her protagonists – for the time when she can’t be with them. This can and should be compared to the situation of Palestinian refugees in 1948, among them Dina Naser’s father, whose experiences are referenced by the director. This opens up a larger context for this story which is profoundly and universally human but at the same time linked closely to the complicated Syria and Middle East conflict by its wealth of detail.

Bert Rebhandl

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Credits
Original Title: Arwah saghira Country: Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, France Year: 2019 Language: Arabic Subtitle: English, German Runtime: 85 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Dina Naser Producer: Dina Naser Cinematographer: Dina Naser, Hasan Abu Hammad Editor: Najwa Khachimi, Qutaiba Barhamji Music: Ronald Heu Sound: Antonin Dalmasso Script: Dina Naser Website: facebook.com/tinysoulsfilm
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