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Watani: My Homeland

Directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen
United Kingdom, 2016
Documentary, Short


Watani – My Homeland is the story of one family’s fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, the mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave her homeland, in search of safety and a brighter future for her children.

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Watani: My Homeland Directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Documentary Short Subject

What are people saying?

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film Watani: My Homeland

    This seems like a very respectful, sympathetic document, trying to see things through the eyes of new immigrants, walking in their footsteps beginning from early on in the process of becoming adrift in your own country. That Germany welcomes refugees and tries to understand where they are coming from is deeply moving. I wish there had been no soundtrack, but not as much as I wish there was no president Trump.