Never Leave Me

Aida Begic

2017| 96 min | Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina | 2017 | 13+

 

After his mother dies, ISA (14) is sent to an orphanage for Syrian refugees in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. There he makes an uneasy friendship with AHMAD (11) and MOTAZ (10). Ahmad’s father disappeared in Syria but he never lost hope they will be rejoined one day. In meantime, Ahmed dreams of becoming a success, so that his father can be proud of him. Motaz’s mother remarried and left him in the orphanage. He wants to enter a singing talent show hoping she will notice and take him back. Although the three boys are very different in their temperament and desires and not particularly fond of each other, they find a common interest: they all want to leave the orphans’ home and start a new life.

 

Nominee Audience Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2018

MENA premiere, Dubai International Film Festival 2017