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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.
MAD Solutions released the film in Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait.
The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul Poster
2016/ Turkey - Jordan83 min/ Drama
Original Title
Misafer: Halab-Istanbul
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.
Saba Mubarak
Rawan Skeif
Ahmad-Homam Hout
Şebnem Dönmez
Screenwriter: Andaç Haznederoğlu
DOP: Hayk Kirakosyan
Efe Kubilay
Editor: Ahmed Hafez
Can Yagan
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Production Company(ies)
Istanbul Film Production (IFP)
Istanbul Digital (ID)
Pan East Media
Saba Mubarak
Andaç Haznederoğlu
film festivals
film festivals Arab Women Film Festival, Sweden
film festivals LET’S CEE Film Festival, Austria
film festivals Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Germany
film festivals Arab Film Festival, South Korea
film festivals Boston Turkish Film Festival, USA
film festivals Antalya Film Festival, Turkey
film festivals International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
film festivals Silk Road International Film Festival, Ireland
film festivals Beirut Women International Film Festival (BWFF), Lebanon
film festivals Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh
film festivals Casablanca Arab Film Festival, Morocco
film festivals Arab Film Festival-Amman, Jordan
film festivals Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival, Tunisia
film awards
film awards Audience Award at the Antalya Film Festival, Turkey
Best Feature Film and Best Editing at the International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey
Best Feature and Best Actress at the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF), Ireland
Special Mention at the Casablanca Arab Film Festival, Morocco