Fall Grants 2019
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
During the Syrian conflict in Damascus, a missile destroys the ceiling of Zeina’s house. She is 12 years old, and for the first time, she is sleeping under the stars. She had previously been forbidden even to open a window. For the first time, she sees the outside world and makes friends with Amer, the boy next door. But Zeina feels guilty about her short-lived happiness when she sees her father, Mutaz, burst into tears at the sight of the destruction to his house and life. He hangs a bedsheet on every falling wall until her house looks like a grotesque tent. When the violence in Damascus escalates, Amer’s family decides to leave. But Zeina’s father refuses to become a refugee and tries everything to stop his family from leaving his home/improvised tent. The women in the family, though, have nothing more to lose and join the others who are fleeing. Zeina soon discovers that a window is now opening up to a new life for her.
- Soudade Kaadan
- Soudade Kaadan
- KAF Production
About the Director
Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theatre criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her first feature
fiction film ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ was awarded the Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film at Venice Film Festival 2018 and has been screened in several festivals including TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film ‘Aziza’ won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019. Currently, she is working on her second feature film ‘Nezouh’ selected and awarded at Atelier de Cannes 2019.
Production Company Profile
Kaf Production is a Syrian production house, based in Lebanon, and founded in late 2008 by Amira Kaadan and
Soudade Kaadan. The Company was crafted from the sisterhood and friendship of both founders. Kaf produced several award-winning documentaries and their first feature fiction film ‘The Day I Lost my Shadow
won the Lion of the Future for Best Debut Film at Venice Film Festival 2018. Kaf’s latest production, ‘Aziza’, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2019.