Stad van twee lentes

Laurens Samsom / Frederick Mansell

Netherlands, The 2019, 71 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Arabic, English

Subtitles: English

World premiere

When the war with IS in Iraq is nearly over, the displaced people who fled from Mosul want to return to their old homes and lives. Ala’, an eleven-year-old girl, is one of these refugees. She dreams of having a small garden at her family home, even though the city is in ruins.

Synopsis

Parallel to the story told by Ala’, the United Nations and the Dutch ambassador work around the clock to support the reconstruction of Mosul. But how do you build a life when everything around you has been destroyed? City of Two Springs is a documentary that provides a pervasive and intimate perspective on the impact that war has on people. We follow the struggle of eleven-year-old Ala’ to give meaning to her life during and after the war. As the oldest daughter of the family, she bears many responsibilities, but when she briefly has a break from taking care of her little brothers, it turns out that she also has dreams of her own. She misses her old life, her school, and her grandfather and grandmother, to whom she writes letters. Ala’ has one fervent wish: to return to her home in Mosul and build a beautiful garden. But is Ala’s house even still standing…?

Official website: http://www.dimdocs.com/stad-van-twee-lentes

Credits

Productions:

dimdocs

info@dimdocs.com

www.dimdocs.com

Talkshows & debates

BNNVARA Premiere Stad van twee lentes: Q&A with directors Frederick Mansell and Laurens Samsom

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 20:00

interviews directors Frederick Mansell and Laurens Samsom about the making of their film.

Stad van twee lentes: Q&A with directors Frederick Mansell, Laurens Samsom

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 17:15

Arabist Laila Al Zwaini speaks with aid worker Saba Azeem and directors Frederick Mansell and Laurens Samsom about the film.

Stad van twee lentes: Q&A with directors Frederick Mansell and Laurens Samsom

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 16:30

Mirthe Frese interviews directors Frederick Mansell and Laurens Samsom about the making of their film.