• 2021
  • 15
  • Directed by: Anne Zohra Berrached
  • Cast: Canan Kir, Roger Azar, Darina Al Joundi

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Asli (Canan Kir) first sets eyes on Saeed (Roger Azar) at a fairground as he is anxiously stepping off a merry-go-round just before the ride begins. Asli is fascinated by Saeed’s charisma and self-confidence, and the two students marry secretly, even though Asli’s mother is against the relationship. In a mosque in Hamburg, they promise to stay together and keep each other’s secrets. Caught between asserting herself, conforming to her traditional parental home and her self-sacrificing love, Asli tries to find her own way in life. Then Saeed disappears. His decision changes Asli’s life – before it shakes the entire world. Anne Zohra Berrached’s film is a love story, but it’s also an exploration of cultural differences, truth and faith, trust and delusion. After Two Mothers and 24 Weeks, the director once again demonstrates her particular ability to reveal the private lives that exist behind the politics.

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