The Way Home

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    The Way Home

    Directed by

    Syrian, Lebanon


    65 min

    • Arabic


    When filmmaker Wael Kadlo picks up his mother from the airport in Beirut, it seems like a rather warm family visit. But Kadlo, who was born in Damascus in 1980, has some questions he needs to ask her. His parents divorced when he was a toddler and he grew up with his grandmother. He didn’t see much of them after that. Kadlo’s painful tale comes out while he and his mother are cleaning green beans together. When she asks him if he calls his grandmother “mother,” her slightly accusatory tone speaks volumes. It turns out that she’s not the only member of the family who neglected Kadlo’s needs as a child. When he became seriously ill as a teenager, the parental conflicts resurfaced in the face of the difficult situation at hand. Kadlo gets his parents to recount his history to him in chronological order—from their perspective. He asks questions, and abstains from reproaches. Their stories are intertwined with scenes of places from Kadlo’s youth that were of vital importance to him, and later became the venue for civil protests during the Syrian crisis. His mother has her opinions on that subject as well.



    Wael Kadlo
    Rami Nihawi
    Juma Hamdo
    Ayman Nahle
    Shadi Jaber
    Orwa Al Mokdad
    Wael Kadlo

    Wael Kadlo


    Wael Kadlo (b. 1980, Damascus) is a Syrian filmmaker. He graduated with a degree in French literature from the University of Damascus in 2007. Kadlo started his career as a theater actor during his university years and performed in several independent and major theatre and film productions. Since then, Kadlo has worked continuously on his own films, the latest of which is THE WAY HOME. Kadlo relocated to Beirut in 2013 where he developed his directing skills through workshops and professional encounters alongside directors including Ghassan Salhab, Mohammed Soueid, Hala Abdullah and Rania Stephan.