Where My Heart Beats
Where My Heart Beats

Film Title

Where My Heart Beats

Screening:

  • Saturday 08 October 16:00
  • Sunday 09 October 10:00
  • All Tickets £10.00

Runtime:

72 mins

Director: Khazar Fatemi Country: Sweden
Writer: n/a Original Format: HDV
Dir. of Photography:  Makan E-Rahmati Print Source: Speck Productions
Producer: Hunter Davis, Chris St. Pierre
Cast: Khazar Fatemi

Film Details

World Premiere

In Competition: Best Documentary

Short Synopsis:

Swedish journalist and former refugee, Khazar Fatemi, returns to her chilhood country of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years.

Review:

Where My Heart Beats Khazar Fatemi is a second generation migrant living in Sweden. Her parents were forced to flee from Iran when she was just one, after they found themselves on a death list for their dissident activities. Khazar spent her childhood in Afghanistan before her parents gained full Swedish citizenship in 1992. Tired of suffering from a sense of detachment from her roots, she swallows her fears and decides to visit the country of her childhood. Her mother is fiercely opposed to this, but her father is more pragmatic: “some of your past is still there. It’s good for you to go back. Life is full of danger.” Eventually Fatemi manages to convince her mother to return and they share an emotional journey of reminiscence, which brings them closer together.
 
As Khazar sets off on her journey she reflects: “When I see Afghanistan in the media today I only see the soldiers and the politicians, but where are the Afghani people? They deserve to have a voice”. A highly personal and poetic film, this is less a documentary than a testimony to the people of Afghanistan – their faces, their humanity and their stories. Between the Russians, the Mujahedin, the Taliban, and the Americans, innocent people have been fleeing back and forth from their homeland for the best part of the last fifty years. Finally, Khazar not only succeeds in giving these people a voice, but gives them back their humanity. This is a film that deserves to be seen as widely as possible.
 
Dean Bowman

09 October 2011 I-Flicks Raindance Review: Where My Heart Beats

All Tickets for This Screening - £10
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Practical Information

Screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
SW1Y 4LR
London
www.appollocinemas.com

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