The Day I Lost My Shadow
Spring Grant 2012 - Development Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Sana is a young mother struggling to raise her eight-year-old child in war-torn Syria in 2012. Between water outages and power cuts, she decides to take a day off work to go in search of a place to buy a gas cylinder. Along the way, she meets Jalal and his sister Reem, who are also looking for gas, and they agree to share a taxi for the trip. At a checkpoint, the soldiers suspect their driver to be an activist. Fearing arrest, he takes off running, abandoning his passengers in a small village on the outskirts of Damascus. There, Sana discovers that it is normal for people to lose their shadows every day, as if they lose something of themselves once they experience the war.
- Soudade Kaadan
- Soudade Kaadan
- Amira Kaadan
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 is a Syrian production house, founded in late 2008 by Amira Kaadan and Soudade Kaadan. Specialized in fiction and documentary films. The company was born, on the one hand, from the necessity to make creative documentaries and fiction in a country where most production houses concentrate mainly on television series. On the other hand, it was crafted from the sisterhood and friendship of both founders and their desire to produce free, creative cinema. KAF has produced documentary films like 'Two Cities and a Prison', and was the executive producer for Aljazeera Documentary Channel for films like 'Looking for Pink' and 'Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise'. These productions have received international awards and have been aired on numerous TV channels.