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In this film you meet 17 year old Ibrahim, a young man who fled two wars together with his family. The war in Iraq when he was a child, and the war in Syria as a teenager. Ibrahim shares reflections on ‘home’; what ‘home’ is when you repeatedly are forced to leave it. He speaks about the experience of being a refugee in Jordan, about the phenomenon and mythological creature Jinn which is mentioned in the Quran and which he encountered on a dark street in Baghdad when he was a child.
Other Story is an ongoing documentary project, comprised of short films presenting personal stories in a world of monumental change. This is an alternative approach to news media, recording human testimonials based on heart-to-heart dialogues.
Central to Other Story’s work is the belief that stories matter. Stories shape the way we know our world, each other and ourselves. In a time when it is crucial that we change our habits and ways of inhabiting the world, Other Story seeks to encourage this process by sharing the stories of ordinary people, the change-makers fighting for humanity and for the planet.
Characterized as “slow journalism with radical softness” the films evolve from a series of simple questions, such as: What is home? Have you ever been in love? What is water? Responses to these questions are exquisitely relatable and have the potential to reveal much of what makes us human.
Produced by Other Story
Directed and edited by Madeleine Kate McGowan
Camera by Anton Falck Gansted, Kamil Dossar Franko and Madeleine Kate McGowan
Graphics by Victor Lyse
Sound by Kamal El Aoufi
Supported by NXT, Interkulturelt Center, Danish Cultural Institute in Damascus