Documentary - Completed 2020

Having fled from Syria two doctors and their kids get separated. The kids bravely live on their own in Turkey, while their parents make it to Canada and Denmark. Now they’re stuck in a Kafkaesque system that reduces their family life to Skype calls. Will they manage to reunite?

& Awards

CPH:DOX 2020
NORDIC:DOX Competition
CPH:DOX 2020
Nordic Docs competition
visions du reel 2020
Hot Docs toronto 2020
    • Year of production
    • 2020
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 78 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mira JARGIL
    • Producer(s)
    • Kirstine BARFOD (Moving Documentary), Tobias JANSON
    • Synopsis
    • Two Syrian refugee boys are living alone in Turkey. Jad is 11 years old, his brother Nidal is 17. Two and a half years ago, their mother Rana fled to Denmark, hoping to establish a safe future for her children. She was under the impression that the children would be able to come to Denmark within half a year, but the European refugee policy obstructs the move and throws Rana into an existential crisis, that makes her doubt her choice of leaving her children behind. ‘Reunited’ follows a family divided by war, and lets the audience experience the consequences of choices made under huge amounts of pressure.

      Before the war in Syria, the family lived in Aleppo. Rana was a doctor with her own clinic. Mukhles, the father, worked as a surgeon. He fled to Canada and like Rana, he has made a plea for citizenship and family reunification, but without any luck.

      The family's happy past is seen through the father's own video recordings, while the rest of the family is depicted by an intimate camera, capturing the family's raw, unpolished reality.

      Will the family succeed in being reunited? ‘Reunited’ captures the human sacrifices and dilemmas brought upon families by war. Rana and Mukhles state that they feel alienated from their children, even though they skype with them often. They also doubt they can recover the loving feelings towards one another.