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Will My Parents Come To See Me

Description

An experienced Somali prison officer accompanies a young inmate once again through the procedures of the Somali justice system.


We are taken on a young man's journey into the final day before his looming execution. The film largely contains Farah’s distant exchanges with the various workers of the prison, as the story steadily unveils the reasoning for his sentence. A guard explains the schedule for his execution day, telling him, “You can pray if you want to,” after sharing that the ban on praying before an execution for crimes of that nature had recently been lifted. This small gesture seems to be an attempt to humanise the prisoner's experience while offering some respite before the impending deed.

As Farah eats one of his last meals – meat and Coca-Cola, as requested – a man reveals himself to be the Imam of the prison mosque. It appears that the Imam is there to comfort Farah as he tells him his soul will be soon set free “from sin.” When the Imam asks him what day tomorrow is, Farah calmly answers that tomorrow is Tuesday, seemingly having detached himself from the execution. Farah’s fear finally reveals itself as his reality sets in as spectators, presumably including his parents, watch on.

Natasha Thembiso Ruwona 

Director's filmography: Life on the Horn (2020).

Details

  • Director Mo Harawe
  • Country Somalia, Austria
  • Year 2022
  • Duration 28 min
  • UK Premiere

Programmes

Bill Douglas Award 6: Ground Loops (N/C 18+)

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