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Wake Up on Mars

A tight-knit family faces an mysterious medical situation affecting their children.

Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Docu-Fiction, and Social Issues
Synopsis

Furkan, the youngest member of a Roma family living in Sweden, attempts to come to terms with the mysterious illness of his two sisters. Ibadeta and Djeneta have been in a coma-like state for several years, victims of what has been named the "resignation syndrome." Traumatized by the thought of being sent back to Kosovo, their homeland, their minds and bodies have suddenly gone to sleep.

In central Sweden, his family attempts to rebuild a normal life, but so far their asylum applications have been refused one after the other.

Furkan tries to escape his reality by building his own spaceship to fulfil his dream: to go live on Mars and save his two sisters. At the core of this film lies this one question: “What happens to human beings, and in particular children, when all hope is gone?”

Stage
finished
Running time
74 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Amok Films
Country
Switzerland
Years of Production
2018-2019
Locations
Sweden
Prod. Partners
Alva Film (Switzerland), Mélisande Films (France)

Distribution Details

Release year
2020
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Visions du réel 2020
Awards
"Perspectives d'un doc" pitch award Visions du réel 2019, Impact Day Pitch Award at FIFDH 2019
Distribution
Cat&Docs
Broadcast (Prod.)
Radio Télévision Suisse, France Télévisions
Language
Albanian, Swedish
Subtitles
French, English, German

Photos

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