Thursday, June 13, 2019
8:00 pm–9:40 pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)
Add to Calendar 2019-06-13 20:00:00 2019-06-13 21:40:00 The Day I Lost My Shadow 06/13/2019 - 20:00 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Directed by Soudade Kaadan (Syria/Lebanon/France/Qatar, 2018, 94 min.). Digital. Arabic with English subtitles.

Sana is a young mother struggling to raise her eight-year-old son alone in war-torn Syria in 2012, during the coldest winter ever recorded there. Between water outages and power cuts, she decides to venture out in search of a gas cylinder. Along the way, she meets Jalal and his sister Reem, who are also looking for gas, and they agree to share a taxi. The planned day trip, however, swiftly spins out of control. When the trio is caught in a misunderstanding at a checkpoint, they find themselves lost on the outskirts of Damascus and dragged deeper into the conflict and, at times, into another world.

This beautiful, haunting, and unforgettable magical realist cinematic tale—a war film that is part mother-and-son story and part road movie—uses the metaphor of a shadow, something we all believe will always be there, as a symbol of broken realities.

Winner of the "Lion of the Future Award" for Best Debut Film at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

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