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The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul

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While showing Meryem and Lena overcoming the hurdles of a big city in a foreign country and becoming heroines of their story, the film enables people to have a better understanding of Syrian refugees’ feelings and the harsh reality they face every day.
Most of the film’s cast are real refugees acting for the first time.
The film stars Jordanian star Saba Mubarak, whose repertoire includes a number of Arab and international films such as the Swedish films Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter and Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation.
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul Poster
2016/ Turkey - Jordan83 min/ Drama
Original Title
Misafer: Halab-Istanbul
SYNOPSIS
The film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem during their escape from the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with the other refugees. Lena wants to return home, while Meryem’s hope is to reach Europe.
CAST
Saba Mubarak
Rawan Skeif
Ahmad-Homam Hout
Şebnem Dönmez
Yeşim Ceren Bozoğlu
Rıza Akın
CREW
Screenwriter: Andaç Haznederoğlu
DOP: Hayk Kirakosyan
Efe Kubilay
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Production Company(ies)
Istanbul Film Production (IFP)
Istanbul Digital (ID)
Pan East Media
ANDAC Film
Producer(s)
Saba Mubarak
Andaç Haznederoğlu
film festivals
film festivals Arab Women Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals LET’S CEE Film Festival, Austria
film festivals European Film Market (EFM) within the Berlinale, Germany
film festivals Arab Film Festival in Korea, South Korea
film festivals Boston Turkish Film Festival, USA
film awards
film awards Audience Award at the Antalya Film Festival
Best Feature Film Award and Best Editing Award (Editor Ahmed Hafez) at the International Bosphorus Film Festival
Best Feature award and Best Actress award to Jordanian star Saba Mubarak at the Silk Road International Film Festival