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      A Syrian father has fled to the Netherlands to save his 15-year-old daughter who is seriously ill. The long wait during the asylum procedure and his daughter's declining health makes him desperately doubt his decision to leave Syria and be separated from his family.




      Before entering the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, Jiska Rickels (1977) performed in several music theater productions. She studied at the Film Academy in Amsterdam and at the Munich Film School in Germany. Her graduation film UNTERTAGE (2003) was international acclaimed and won many prestigious awards. Her first feature-length documenatry 4 ELEMENTS opened the IDFA in 2006 and has been successfully released in the Benelux. 

      She worked as the 1st assistant-director of Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni for the oscar-nominated documentary THE STORY OF THE WEEPING KAMEL (2003) and THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN (2009) that where both shot in Mongolia. 

      Her film BABAJI, AN INDIAN LOVE STORY (2009) won the Regards Neuf award at Vision du Reel in Nyon and has been theatrical released in the Netherlands.


      In 2007 Jiska Rickels won the title ‘best director of the year’ by the Dutch Directors Guild. Her latest film EL SONIDO DEL BANDONEON (2011) was the opening film of the Dutch Documentary Competition at IDFA 2011 and won the special jury award in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. From 2003 till 2011 Jiska Rickels was advisor for the Dutch Media Fund in Amsterdam. In 2012 she researched one part of Cathedrals of culture, a 3-D series produced by Neue Road Movies from Wim Wenders.


      I was touched by the powerlessness. I wanted to show what happens when you end up in a situation where nothing is in your control.



      • Movies that Matter Festival, Netherlands 2017
      • HotDocs, Canada 2017



      Main Competition 2017

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