Omar ve biz

Omar and Us
Omar and Us (Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er)

Ismet is a Turkish soldier who served on the border with Greece as a commander of the coast guard. He recently retired. Now out of uniform, as a civilian he struggles to communicate with his family and people around him. He isn’t doing too well. His only son left for the United States and now Ismet’s wife wants to join her son, too. After suddenly becoming neighbours with refugees Omar and Mariye, Ismet has to face up to his political views and his prejudices. The actors playing the parts of the refugees are actually two Syrian refugees who live in Turkey under temporary immigration status. France’s immigration office recently accepted Hala Alsayasneh, who plays Mariye, as an “artist immigrant”. (Festival information, Warsaw 2019)