16125ANB STILL 2
International Documentary Competition


Year 2020
Runtime 78 mins
Language Arabic, Norwegian, English
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
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Rabeaa and his four-year-old son, Kais have reached the end of their long journey from war-torn Syria to a train station in Norway. Alone in a new world, they must start a new life together. This is the typical stopping point for most documentaries about the refugee crisis gripping the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world. However, Danish-Iraqi director Ala'a Mohsen joins this family of two at the outset of their transition to a new life in a new nation.

As a result, A NEW BEGINNING give audiences a fly-on-the-wall view of the everyday challenges and triumphs that make up the immigrant experience. Despite many difficulties - Rabeaa's severely injured leg, language barriers, cultural misunderstandings - the dream of creating a safe space for the family always remains front and centre. That intimacy makes small victories all the more joyful to witness.


Denmark Norway
CPH:DOX 2020
Ala'A Mohsen
Soren Steen Jespersen
Ala'A Mohsen
Anders Villadsen
Stein Berge Svendsen