A warm-hearted story of survival and friendship, Exodus is inspired by Abbe Hassan’s experience as a refugee who left war-torn Beirut for Sweden as a child. In the feature film, we meet the young Amal fleeing Syria. In a Turkish harbour, she meets the refugee smuggler Sam. Amal wants to travel to Greece where her sisters are, and then join her parents in Sweden. The quick-witted but traumatised young girl and the older, jaded Sam travel together through Europe in search of freedom, gradually developing a father-daughter relationship that will mean both their survival and awakening.

Written by Kristoffer Cras and Abbe Hassan. Directed by Abbe Hassan.


  • “The interaction between the Palestinian actor Ashraf Barhom and the Swedish debutant Jwan Alqatami is immediately vigorous and interesting.”

    DN, Sweden

  • “Pure film magic. /…/ A brilliant and unique refugee drama.”


    Moviezine, Sweden

  • “A warm portrayal of humanity in the wake of the dark reality of war.”


    Bio.nu, Sweden

  • “The last scene breaks my heart into a thousand pieces.”

    Kulturnytt i P1, Sweden

  • “Everything is narrated with a great love for the characters and a seemingly impressive understanding of the playing field presented and the pieces moving along it.”


    Filmtopp, Sweden

  • “A brilliant film, unique and deeply moving. /…/ Exodus is a grand drama about two people on the run which stands out with a unique story. /…/ The interaction between the two, Amal and Sam, is phenomenally well portrayed”


    Kulturbloggen, Sweden

Photo: Josef Persson Kristoffer Cras

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