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Feature film, 2020, 90 min.

Release date: 25 February 2020 (Premiere Berlinale Film Festival). When Babak does not show up to welcome his parents at the Athens International Airport, Pari is forced to go on a quest that will take her further than a mother’s search for a missing son. Pari and her older husband Farrokh are ill prepared to search for a fugitive in an intimidating alien environment. They are devout Muslims, this is their first time abroad and they hardly speak any English. They reach a dead-end when they discover that Babak never even started his studies, was involved with radical groups and is most probably dead. And yet when Farrokh commands their return back to their family in Iran, Pari does the unthinkable; she escapes to continue the search alone. Following the steps of her rebellious son, she uses everything and everyone, from a dedicated feminist activist to a corrupt police detective, to reach the darkest corners of the city, as well as the hidden depths of her own soul. And when she has no choice but to accept the loss, she is left with her own awakened crave for freedom and the will to pursue it.

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  • DE - Berlin International Film Festival Panorama selection

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NL films Berlin co-prod 2020