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A fairytale-like film in which five girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves.

The narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters through conversations, listening in, silence, and finding information on YouTube. Resulting in a scattered image of a conflict present on the horizon of one's life. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by mobile phones, that these narratives unfold.

While the girls listen back to their own stories, a mechanism similar to listening to a narrative shared by a parent, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their family home.

Director filmography: The Brick House (2017), We can’t come from nothing (2015), Conversations (2014), The Dome and the Cone of Silence (2012), The Captain and the Boy (2012), Gulo (2011)


  • Director Eliane Bots
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Year 2019
  • Duration 18 min


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