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Mohammad Shaikhow / Short Narrative / Syria, Iraq, France, Qatar / 2018 / 15 min / DCP2K
In Kurdish / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Women, Drama, Politics, Immigration
Middle East Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.



Hévi and Walat, a Kurdish-Syrian refugee couple in their thirties meet a human trafficker. They try to cross an undefined border amid an endless environment of winter with spotless, but hostile, whiteness. The man offers to bring the young woman with him if Walat would take another road alone. So, Hévi ends up by herself, fragile, in front of an unstable man whose intentions are little by little unveiled.

About the Director

Mohammad Shaikhow was born in Qamishli in 1988. He is a Kurdish-Syrian film director and cinematographer based in Paris. His films have screened in numerous festivals. He is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Cinema at the École National Supérieurs d’Audiovisuelle (ESAV). He received his MA in Directing from ESAV, and is a graduate of the Film School of Salahaddin University in Erbil.


Mohammad Shaikhow
Mohammad Shaikhow
Mohammad Shaikhow
Adrien Pagotto
Samuel Brien, Luca Russo
Wesen Ismail as HEVI Aziz Capkurt as The man smuggler Korkmaz Arslan as Walat


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