The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli)
Director: Soudade Kaadan
Section: World Cinema
Country: Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar | Year: 2018
Language(s): Arabic | Time: 94 mins
Despite the surrounding chaos of war, Syrian mother Sana desperately wants to provide normalcy for her son. When a seemingly simple errand goes awry, Sana is dragged deeper into the conflict in, documentarian Soudade Kaadan’s assured shift to fiction. At the outset of the war in Syria, a young mother, Sana, is trying to maintain normalcy in her home for the sake of her son. But between power outages, the water being cut off, and gas shortages — to say nothing of the shelling taking place only blocks away — Sana's daily duties are becoming increasingly Sisyphean. Intent on cooking for her son, Sana takes a risk: along with brother-and-sister duo Reem and Jalal, Sana hires a cab to reach a nearby town said to have propane. 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. With night falling, and her son alone at home, Sana is dragged deeper into the conflict and, at times, into another world.
Soudade Kaadan was born in France and is of Syrian descent. She studied theatre criticism at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria, and filmmaking at the Saint Joseph University in Lebanon. Her work includes the documentaries Damascus Roof and Tales of Paradise (10) and Obscure (17). The Day I Lost My Shadow (18) is her first narrative feature.