Sister Apart

Dir: Daphne Charizani. Cast Almila Bagriacik, Maryam Boubani, Zübeyde Bulut, Gonca de Haas

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1h 33m • Drama, War • 2020
Rojda, a Kurdish member of the German army, sets out clandestinely to reunite her family, dispersed by Middle Eastern wars.
Rojda Xani (Almila Bagriacik) is a young Kurdish-Iraqi woman who has lived in Germany since childhood and now serves in the German army.  She traces her mother (Maryam Boubani) to a Greek refugee camp, and learns that her sister Dilal (Gonca de Haas) went home after seeing her mother on to a people-smuggler’s boat. In Germany, mother and daughter get to know each other after their long separation. Then Rojda volunteers to go to Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, on a deployment to train female Kurdish soldiers to fight ISIS. But no-one must discover her real mission: to find her missing sister. A film about cultural complications, family loyalties and war, written by its Greek director.
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… gives a seminar in film economy and despite its short duration, the tight script allows the film to shed light on many issues… not letting even half a scene go to waste with the pace being impeccable
Alexandros Kyriazis,
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