Locked inside an apartment with the door barricaded from the inside, a Syrian woman tries to protect her household from the raging war just outside her covered windows. Her elderly father-in-law stoically observes the chaos from behind the drawn curtains while she tries to establish a normal life inside for her three children with the help of her housemaid. A young couple and their baby, whose apartment in the same building has been destroyed by a bomb, are also part of the cramped quarters, as well as a teenage boy who snuck in to see one of her daughters and is now trapped.
Under siege from gun fire and explosions, and with the constant threat of looting or being discovered by soldiers, Oum Yazan, played by the extraordinary Palestinian actress, Hiam Abbass, tries to maintain a routine schedule of cleaning and meals, even scolding her pre-teen daughter for using too much water to shave her legs for the first time. In the span of 24 hours, we see danger come closer and the household is forced to make incomprehensible moral decisions to keep each other alive.
Writer and Director, Philippe Van Leeuw, filming almost entirely inside an apartment building in Beruit, with a cast all drawn from war-torn countries, shares what life is like for Syrians living in constant terror of war.
The film’s director, Philippe Van Leeuw, will be present for the Festival.
Tickets on sale February 1 at Chapter One Bookstore