Zuhur's Daughters

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:European Cultures & Issues
Faith & Spirituality
Families & Family Stories
Gender & Sexuality
LGBT Culture & Issues
Middle Eastern Cultures & Issues
Migration & Immigration
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Laurentia Genske
Robin Humboldt
Producer(s):Erik Winker
Martin Roelly
Ümit Uludag
Editor(s):Carina Mergens
Writer(s):Laurentia Genske
Robin Humboldt
Cinematography:Robin Humboldt
Laurentia Genske
Sound:Robert Keilbar


Teenaged siblings Lohan and Samar, with their family of 14, have fled the war in Syria and the Islamic State to settle in Germany. While each member of the family struggles to find their place in this new country, Lohan and Samar have found a growing freedom to express themselves as transgender. As they don makeup and style their hair, they emerge into their new world with radiant and soaring sprits—but internally, a larger conflict looms. Over three years, directors Laurentia Genske and Robin Humboldt follow the family, revealing the moral conflicts Lohan and Samar face between their faith and family and their desires to live freely and authentically. While familial love is at the centre of this family, the parents still feel the mounting pressures of their own religious and cultural beliefs. Caught between the stricter Muslim ideology and the fear they will be judged as bad parents by their watchful neighbours, they run the risk of pushing their daughters away. Heather Haynes

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