Original Title: Bırakma Beni
Year: 2017
Length: 97 minutes
Language: Arabic, Turkish
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey
Film Category: Documentary

Cast & Credits

Director: Aida Begić

Producer: Seyyid Muhammed Emin Elhuseyni, Aida Begic, Adis Dapo

Production Company:

Cast: Isa Damlakhi, Ahmad Husrom, Motaz Faez Basha, Carole Abboud, Tuka Na’al

Director of photography: Erol Zubcevic

Costume designer: Sanja Dzeba

Music: Igor Camo

Editor: Redzinald Simek

Film Synopsis:

Following the death of his mother, Isa finds himself in an orphanage for Syrian refugees located in Şanlıurfa, Turkey. In the orphanage, he develops friendships with Ahmad and Motaz, but theirs is a complex relationship. Ahmad’s father has disappeared in Syria but Ahmad holds onto the hope that his father will rejoin him one day. Motaz, too, is without familial certainty, as his mother left him in the orphanage after remarrying. The boys are quite different from one another, temperamentally and in their hopes, and even though they are not especially fond of one another they have a shared aim: to leave the orphanage and begin live anew. The difficulties of their lives help them to find love, friendship and, ultimately, hope.

Director's Biography

Aida Begic was born in Sarajevo in 1976. She graduated directing at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. Her graduation film "First Death Experience" was presented at The Cinefondation Official Selection of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003 she wrote and directed her second short film "North Went Mad".  In 2009 she founded an independent production company Film House. Her debut feature “Snow” won the Grand Prix at the Semaine de la Critique and was nominated for a European Academy Film Award. “Children of Sarajevo” won a Special Distinction at Un Certain Regard. In 2014, she wrote and directed “Album”, part of omnibus “Bridges of Sarajevo”, which world premiered at the Official Selection of the Cannes IFF.

 SVA Theatre

 Presentation 3 


Screening Time:

Friday, April 13, 2018 

6:30 PM 

Screens with:

"To Be Far"

Followed by Q&A with


 Aida Begić


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BHFF Jury Award for the Best Feature Film

BHFF Jury Award for the Best Acting Performance - Isa Demlakhi

BHFF Audience Award for the Best Picture