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Watani: My Homeland ()


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Watani - My Homeland is the story of one family's fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, the mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Directed by

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Marcel Mettelsiefen

Produced by

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Raney Aronson ... executive producer
Stephen Ellis ... producer (produced by)
Sara Hajjar ... translation producer
Hubertus Hoffmann ... co-producer
Marcel Mettelsiefen ... produced, directed & filmed by
Bryn Mooser ... executive producer: RYOT
Mahmoud Alhaji Othman ... line producer and additional camera in Syria
Hayley Pappas ... executive producer: RYOT
Yan Schoenefeld ... line producer
Chris Shaw ... executive producer
Siobhan Sinnerton ... executive producer
Frederic Ulferts ... executive producer
Anthony Wonke ... executive producer
Diana Zimmerman ... executive producer

Music by

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Andrew Phillips

Cinematography by

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Marcel Mettelsiefen

Film Editing by

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Nicholas Bays ... on-line editor
Stephen Ellis ... (edited by)

Production Management

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Sam Hardy ... post-production manager

Sound Department

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Ben Baird ... re-recording mixer: sound designer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lukas Augustin ... additional camera
Mike Simpson ... additional camera
Mike Simpson ... Co Director of Photography

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Rana Haddad ... additional translation
Saman Jaff ... additional translation
John Keyes ... production manager
Ann Parker ... head of production
Olly Strous ... head of post-production

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Watani - My Homeland is the story of one family's fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, the mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave her homeland, in search of safety and a brighter future for her children. Filmed over three years, the film chronicles the family's journey from the front-line in Aleppo, to a little town in Germany. Escaping the chaos and terror of their war torn homeland becomes a catalyst for a different kind of struggle; the struggle to understand your past and accept your present, to adapt to a new life, to hold on to hope, and the idea of belonging to a homeland.

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Also Known As
  • Das Schicksal der Kinder von Aleppo - Neue Heimat Deutschland (Germany)
  • Hazám, Watani (Hungary)
Runtime
  • 40 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Some of the earlier footage in Syria was taken from director Marcel Mettelsiefen's Syria: Children on the Frontline (2014), however instead of using the traditional English narrator to structure the film like previous film, Watani: My Homeland lets the film flow using the original language subtitled. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Syria: Children on the Frontline (2014). See more »

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