All Roads Lead to Afrin
- Visons du Réel
- GoEast International Film Festival
A short-form, intimate essay film about the personal toll of the Syrian war, reflecting over identity in exile and the peculiar fragility of lives still pounding amongst calamities.
Filmmaker Arina Adju is half Russian and half Kurdish. Her father lives in Syria, in a town near the Turkish border. Arina joins him to meet her new family and to find her lost roots. But this is not a typical reunification of father and daughter. War changes everything, only to leave arbitrary fragments of time and space. It is a form consistent with the state of war, with the fragility of existences, with the capturing of reality by the body and by the spirit. But everything moves forward, in its way; life carries on even in constant brutality, an life is still being nurtured, even among geographical ruins, carried along by a painful energy that obstinately perforates the borders.
Here, therefore, is a documentary built like a personal diary: a hybrid film, which weaves together the paths of two impossible returns, but also a moving personal account that seeks for beauty when all is lost, pierced by moments of savage grace, which suddenly appear from nowhere.