“Land of Light” it´s the place where all the wishes and dreams will be fulfilled. In this peaceful land children can play without worrying and parents take care of their descendants. A place, where all people are equal, no matter what group or religion they belong to, finally it is the place where she believes her father is waiting for her.

Based on theater workshops with Syrian refugee children living in the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli, the film tells the story of five children that flee from the ghosts-militias, when their village is destroyed. They set out on a journey that soon leaves the realms of reality.

Acted completely by Syrian children who themselves had to flee to Turkey, this film is a multi-layered parable for what war does to children.

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Feature film
70 min, 4K
Broadcast on ARTE, Kurzschluß : April 2017
Cinema premiere: 16th of March 2017 in Babylon, Berlin

Directed by David Ruf
Written – Anke Klaaßen
–  Pierre Castillo Bernad
Sound – Garip Özdem
Editor – Sina Ataeian
Score – Manok Roussyalian
Color Grading – Thorsten Loeffler
Sounddesign – Ana Monte, Jeff Phaklides, Bastian Gerner

Producers – Silvana Santamaria, David Ruf & Hermann Trick
TV-Commisioners – Brigitte Dithard (SWR), Sabine Brantus (Arte)

Production Companies – Soilfilms, Rozinante Productions & Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Cooperation Partners – D-Facto Motion & Woodblock


World premiere: 04.11.2016 – International Childrens’ Film Festival of Brussels FILEMON
Awared – Best Film in International Competition – Children Jury,  International Children Film Festival FILEMON, Brussels
Awared – Best Film in International Competition – Teenager Jury, International Children Film Festival FILEMON, Brussels
Awared – Special Mentioning and Nomination for Jury Prize – Slemani International Film Festival, Iraq
Awared – Programmprämie ARD Leistungsmodell – Prize of the First Public TV Station for Outstanding Productions
Awared – rating “Especially Valuable” Filmbewertungsstelle Germany
Awared – ARD programme bonus, Cologne 2018
Nominated – Best Film & Best Book – Golden Sparrow, Erfurt 2016
“4 out of 5 stars” Youth Film Jury of the FBW


2018 – Sehpferdchen Braunschweig, Germany
2017 – Film Festival for Generations, Hanover, Germany
Filmschau Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Cinepänz – Cologne Children’s Film Festival, Germany
Slemani International Film Festival, Slemani, Iraq
Final Cut – Marburg Children and Youth Film Festival, Germany
Valetta Film Festival, Special Screening by the UNHCR, Valetta, Malta
Children’s Media Festival Goldener Spatz, Erfurt and Gera, Germany
Fantastporto, Porto, Portugal
2016 – Max-Ophüls Prize, MOP Watchlist, Saarbrücken, Germany
ICFF International Children Film Festival, Delhi India
Filemon International Children’s Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium


Other screenings

Berlin 16.03.17 – Babylon 7:00 p.m.
Berlin 17.03.17 – Babylon 6:00 p.m.
Berlin 18.03.17 – Babylon 6:00 p.m.
Berlin 19.03.17 – Babylon 6:00 p.m.
Berlin 20.03.17 – Babylon 6:00 p.m.
Hamburg 21.03.17 – Zeise Kino 5:00 p.m.
Tübingen 22.03.17 – Kino Museum 5:00 p.m.
Stuttgart 29.03.17 – Atelier im Bollwerk 6:00 p.m.
Regensburg 31.03.17 – Kino Ostentor 6:00 p.m.
Regensburg 01.04.17 – Kino Ostentor 6:00 p.m.
Regensburg 02.04.17 – Kino Ostentor 6:00 p.m.
Konstanz 21.05.17 – Zebra Kino 7:30 p.m.
Günzburg 16.06.17 – Cinemaxx 8:00 p.m.