- Online & In-Cinema
- Availability: September 23 - October 3
Preceded by the short film: RISE UP
Furkan, an 11-year-old boy who emigrated to Sweden from Kosovo with his family 4 years ago, is faced with a medical mystery that has changed the life of his family.
Furkan's two teenage sisters, Ibadeta and Djeneta, have been in a coma for over three years. They are not the only ones in Sweden who are victims of the "resignation syndrome" that affects asylum-seeking children, often following a threat of deportation. Having experienced a trauma witnessed by one of his sisters just before her illness, Furkan feels responsible and helpless when confronted by their condition. His imagination becomes his way to escape; in his mind, he is an astronaut who will go live on Mars.
Resignation Syndrome might sound familiar to those who have seen the ACADEMY AWARD® nominated short documentary from 2019, LIFE OVERTAKES ME. While there is no cast or crew connection between the films, it is a testament to the devastation that this syndrome can cause families dealing with refugee status and deportation. WAKE UP ON MARS offers an up-close look at the stress endured during such strenuous times, and the lengths young children will go to to avoid it.
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