To My Children

To My Children

by Shwan Dler Qaradaki

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Both brutal and beautifully poetic, this short film tells a story about escaping war and starting a new life in Norway.

Kurdish-Iraqi artist Shwan Dler Qaradaki arrived in Norway as a refugee in 1999 after two years travelling through the Middle East and Europe. As a first hand witness to the atrocities of war, the artist portrays human hardship and experience in a tangible, striking way.

Through combining watercolor images and voice-over narrative Qaradaki tells some of his personal stories. He invites us to see beyond the incomprehensible mass of people and events, to the lived reality of individuals. This short film is a combination of art, narrative and documentary, which creates powerful emotional experience for the viewers. It raises a discussion about relevant topics for today’s political and humanitarian challenges.


If you want to screen the film, contact producer Vibeke Christensen,, tel: + 47 928 86 812.

It is also possible to have an artist talk with Shwan Dler Qaradaki in relation to a screening.

Read the director statement and see images from the movie.


PAST Screenings

22th - 26th November – Pori Film Festival (Pori, Finland)