The Guest Aleppo-Istanbul

Year: 2017
Filmmaker: Andac Haznedaroglu
Country: Turkey, Jordan
Length: 98 min.
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Time: 13:00
Room: Cinerama 5

The Guest-Aleppo Istanbul follows the journey of 10-year-old Lena (Rawan Iskeif) and her neighbour Meryem (Saba Mubarak) during their escape from the war in Syria. After the loss of her parents Lena feels the urge to flee to Turkey, together with her younger sister and the other Syrian refugees. They arrive in Istanbul only to face new challenges.

The film tells the story of Syrian refugees, with an emphasis on the impact and the horrible consequences it entails. Turkish director and producer Andac Haznedaroglu shows the true face of the war, after spending six months on the front lines.

Based on the personal experience of the filmmaker, and the stories of hundreds of families, The Guest-Aleppo Istanbul illustrates the gap between the society’s basic duty of care and the refugees.