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The Day I Lost My Shadow

  • 94 min
  • World Fiction
  • Arabic
  • France, Lebanon, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic
  • 2018
In the midst of a gas crisis during the early days of the Syrian Arab Spring, a young mother takes the day off work and strays far from home with only one objective in mind: finding a working cylinder so that she may cook a meal for her son.
About The Film

In the midst of a gas crisis during the early days of the Syrian Arab Spring, Sana takes the day off work and strays far from home to seek out a working cylinder so that she may cook a meal for her son. Along the way she joins Jalal and Reem, a pair of sibling activists seeking their own means of survival. Even as they struggle to hold onto their own humanity they look towards one another for guidance.

Featuring a remarkable lead performance at its center, The Day I Lost My Shadow deftly envelops a searing naturalistic drama with subtle touches of magical realism, sure to arrest all those who come upon its spell. First-time filmmaker Soudade Kadaan has crafted a bittersweet portrayal of love and loss during wartime, reminding us of the concurrent tenuousness and necessity of hope.

- Ana Souza, Head of World Fiction

Winner of Venice Lion of the Future

Director
  • Soudade Kaadan
Producer
  • Amira Kaadan
Starring
  • Sawsan Erchied
  • Samer Ismael
  • Reham Alkassar
  • Oweiss Moukhallalati
Screenwriter
  • Soudade Kaadan
Production Company
  • KAF Production
Cinematographer
  • Eric Devin
Editors
  • Pierre Deschamps
  • Soudade Kaadan

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