KERRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL | OCTOBER 15-18

When Mom Is Gone (2020)

  • Documentary, Long Short
  • 28min

You can rent & watch this short film as part of the Short Films: We are Family or the Short Films: Documentary Shorts (All) selections.



Mohammed is left alone with his six children, the oldest of whom is 11 and the youngest is 2, in the mountain village of Sumara, in the city of Bamyan in Afghanistan.

9-year old Masume has quit school and is trying to be a mother to her siblings. 11-year old Jumahan, the eldest son, is working far away from his family. What has happened to leave Mohammed and his children in this condition? Why is Masume taking care of her siblings? Why is Jumahan working as a shepherd at a distant village away from his siblings? And where has their mother gone?

Filmed in 35 days, the documentary demonstrates the micro-scale reflections of the devastation caused by the war in Afghanistan that has been going on for a decade.

Director

Zeynep Kececiler

Producer

Zeynep Kececiler

Cinematographer

can sarcan-ahmet ferah

Language

Afghan Persian