Watani: My Homeland


It depicts the lives of Hammoudi, Helen, Farah and Sara, the young children of Free Syrian Army Commander Abu Ali. They live on the frontline of the civil war in Aleppo, the only family living in a derelict war zone that was once a busy residential neighborhood. After Abu Ali is captured by ISIS, the family is forced to flee their homeland and to start a new life in a small, medieval town in Germany.


Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen
Producers: Marcel Mettelsiefen, Stephen Ellis, John Keyes
Cinematography: Marcel Mettelsiefen
Editing: Stephen Ellis for A.C.E.
Music: Andrew Phillips
Executive producer: Chris Shaw for ITN Productions, Anthony Wonke
Production Companies: Unscrypt Limited, ITN
Productions Co-production: Globalo Media, RYOT.
Screening copy: Raechel Isolda
Year: 2016
Country: Afghanistan


Festivals & Awards

2016 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) – Nominated
2016 Prix Europa Iris Intercultural TV program​ – Winner
2016 Columbia DuPont Award – Winner
2017 IDA award – Pare Lorentz Award – Winne


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