When I met Hala, I immediately fell in love with her, and she urgently wanted to tell her story to me. She had just escaped from her family in Manbij, and I was fascinated by her strength and positive energy.
I was curious about a generation of young women, represented by Hala, coming from traditional families yet looking for an emancipated life, who grew up in the middle of the Syrian war between many frontlines. What are their choices in these extreme conditions between IS, Military, and war? What are their dreams? What means freedom to them and how can they achieve this in the middle of the biggest conflict of the 21st century?
For her directorial debut THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER about a young woman fighting for self-determination in the middle of war, she lived for more than one year in North East Syria and participated in IDFA summerschool, Baltic Sea Forum and ExOriente. Since 2018 she is based between Kassel and Berlin and runs her own production company Pink Shadow Films.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Antonia Kilian
Written by: Antonia Kilian, Guevara Namer, Arash Asadi
Produced by: Frank Müller, Antonia Kilian, Guevara Namer, Merja Ritola
Cinematography: Antonia Kilian
Editing: Arash Asadi
Original Score: Ameen Khayer, Thorben Diekmann
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2021