BALLAD FOR SYRIA

 

Turkey, Syria

44’, 2017

DIRECTED BY

Eda Elif Tibet, Maisa Alhafez

PRODUCED BY

Eda Elif Tibet

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Eda Elif Tibet

EDITED BY

Eda Elif Tibet, Maisa Alhafez

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A ballad narrates poetic stories in short stanzas –hence this self-reflective musical documentary opens a glimpse into the life of Maisa Alhafez,a musician and a Syrian refugee in Istanbul. The film is about her longing to her loved ones as she tries to make a place for herself in the world of the displaced. Her family isstill in Syria, Maisa's true love (fiancé) is in the Netherlands. Due to the current EU–Turkey border regime, a reunion is very challenging. While not giving up, Maisa works hard towards her vision to transform the borders by building a multicultural community and a diverse family singing together. She believes that through music and love one can heal the wounds of people and children.