Wake up on Mars


Wake up on Mars

Category |Human Interest, Human Rights, Justice, Migration, Social Issues, Youth
Year | 2020
Country | France, Switzerland
Running time | 74’
Format | 4K
Production | Mélisande Films , Alva Film, Amok Films
Director | Dea Gjinovci


In the small town of Horndal, central Sweden, Furkan, an 11-year-old boy who arrived from Kosovo with his family 4 years ago, is faced with a medical mystery that has changed the life of his family. His two sisters, Ibadeta (17) and Djeneta (15), have fallen into a coma for three years and nearly four years respectively. They are not the only ones in Sweden who are victims of the «resignation syndrome» that affects asylum-seeking children, often following a threat of deportation. Djeneta is the first to fall into this state.

Swedish doctors treat many several hundred refugee children affected by this «syndrome of resignation», a phenomenon diagnosed since 2007 in this country. In April 2018, the Demiri family finally received temporary residency in Sweden for 13 months. It gave the family some hope that their girls might feel safe enough to wake up. Indeed, coming out of this syndrome-induced coma is dependent on the restoration of hope within the family. Each of them  needs to feel safe and hopeful in order for the girls to wake up.

Furkan, having experienced a trauma witnessed by one of his sisters just before her illness, feels responsible and helpless when confronted by their condition. His imagination becomes his way to escape; in his mind, he is an astronaut who will go live on Mars.

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