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SEA OF SORROW
SEA OF HOPE
بحر من الحزن، بحر من الأمل
This award-winning short documentary tells the story of Manal and how she lived a happy life with her three children in Syria before the war came to the country. However, a run-in with ISIS lead to death threats that forced Manal to flee the war-torn country. She left her children behind, thinking they would be able to reunite, once she had reached Europe.
However, after 10 long months in Denmark, she learned that she could not apply for family reunification for another three years. At that point, Manal decided that she had to save her children.
This is their story.
"I DON'T IMAGINE ONE DAY
THE WAR WILL COME TO ME"
Manal lived a peaceful life in Syria when the violence of the country’s conflict came too close for comfort. Manal’s home was destroyed by bombs and bullets as the fighting raged.
After she received a direct threat from rebels and a judge was murdered,
she realized her own life was in danger.
Running out of options, she made
a decision that no mother should
have to make: she fled for her life,
leaving her three children behind, thinking they would be able to reunite, once she had reached Europe.
“No one should have to cross an ocean and risk their lives to
reunite with their family."
"Sea of Sorrow - Sea of Hope" is a unique short documentary that provides a window into Manal and her children's journey from war-torn Syria. Film and images are often a very useful first entry into understanding other perspectives, and the images in this documentary are both deeply personal and part of a
larger - ongoing - story
at the very same time.