Neighbouring the Moon

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Families & Family Stories
Middle Eastern Cultures & Issues
War & Conflict
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Reza Farahmand
Producer(s):Morteza Shabani
Marjan Alizadeh
Executive Producer(s):Marjan Alizadeh
Reza Farahmand
Saeed Sadeghi
Writer(s):Marjan Alizadeh
Editor(s):Fatemeh Bonyadi
Reza Farahmand
Mosayeb Hanaie
Cinematography:Reza Farahmand
Composer:Christoph Rezaie
Sound:Mehrdad Barati
Kumars Chenari
Naeem Meschian


In many ways, Syrian sisters Juli and Maryam are like other teen girls their age: they love animals, makeup and music. But unlike others, the sisters and their mother have been living for nine years in a cramped room inside Aleppo's biggest hospital. With the Syrian uprising at a near standstill, their mother attends to COVID-19 patients while the two sisters form their own brigade of young hospital helpers. Spirited Juli ceaselessly voices her desire to escape their living situation, but this pits her against her mother, who prefers the safety of the hospital to an unpredictable life on the outside. Beautifully observed and interspersed with poetic moments of reverie between the girls, the film captures their day-to-day lives against the backdrop of the pandemic. What emerges is a touching portrait of a broken family dealing with the trauma of war, chasing an elusive dream of a normal life. Aisha Jamal

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