In Exile

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    In Exile

    In Vrijheid

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    47 min

    • Dutch


    IN EXILE tells the story of a mother who gets her lost son back. For months Neziha has lived in fear, because her son Ismaël left for Syria. Then she receives a message saying that Ismaël is back. He fled Syria and is now detained in the Netherlands. Under strict conditions, the judge allows him to await his trial in his mother’s house. Neziha is determined not to let her son slip through her fingers a second time. She does everything within her power to make Ismaël a productive member of society again. But the more she tries to reach him, the greater the distance between mother and son becomes.



    Nazmiye Oral
    Ali Sultan
    Saman Amini
    Jaap Peter Enderlé
    Ton Peters
    Saskia Kievits
    Floor van der Meulen

    Floor van der Meulen


    Floor van der Meulen, born in 1989 in the Netherlands, studied Audiovisual Design at the Rotterdam WdKa Art Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2014, she made her international debut with her documentary STORMING PARADISE (50min), broadcast by Al Jazeera Channel and screened at numerous international film festivals including DOK Leipzig. Her film 9 DAYS FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO (2015) was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam, DOK Leipzig, won Best Short Film at the BFI Film Festival London, and picked up, after 85+ festival selections, the Best European Short Film Award at the 29th European Film Awards. Her 45min drama IN EXILE (2016) was nominated for two ‘Dutch Oscars’ and won the award for Best Actress. Floor has been selected to the rough cut Editing Station at IDFA Summer School 2018 with her documentary feature debut LAST MALE STANDING. Floor has been selected to develop her first feature METHUSALEM at the Berlinale Script Station in 2018.

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