Land of Light (2016)

Five children running from the war in Syria set out on a journey that soon leaves the realms of reality. Acted completely by Syrian children who themselves fled to Turkey, this film is a multi-layered parable for what war does to children.


David Ruf


Anke Klaaßen


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Cast overview:
Noor Kayson Noor Kayson ... Raisa
Najem Edden Al Kassem Najem Edden Al Kassem ... Walid
Jawa Al Kassem Jawa Al Kassem ... Sharazad
Khaled Tlass Khaled Tlass ... Firas
Molham Al Mostafa Molham Al Mostafa ... Samir


Raisa is an eleven year old girl who lives in a city destroyed by the war. She copes with the situation and the disappearance of her father, by inventing and believing in a place that she calls the "Land of Light". It's a place where all her wishes and dreams will be fulfilled. In this peaceful land children can play without worrying and parents take care of their descendants. A place, where all people are equal, no matter what group or religion they belong to, finally it is the place where she believes her father is waiting for her. When her grandmother loses her life and she is left alone with her younger brother, Raisa sets out to find this place. During the journey through a devastated country, she takes with her every child that she meets and an unlikely group sets out to face the challenges together. While the others start to believe her prophecy and follow her onto a dangerous journey, Raisa has to learn that the world that she fantasizes doesn't exist. And the once unified ...

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Germany | Turkey | Syria



Release Date:

November 2016 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Kinder des Lichts See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey See more »


Box Office


€50,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The production was mainly funded through crowdfunding on the platform Startnext. During the crowdfunding, the exhibition "Playing with my Inside War", was shown in different cities in Germany. It shows children paintings from the Speak Syria workshops and the games the children played. Concerts were organized to raise attention and inform about the project. Eventually the film was co-funded by the German-French TV-stations SWR/Arte. See more »

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