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.”
“Pure film magic. /…/ A brilliant and unique refugee drama.”
“A warm portrayal of humanity in the wake of the dark reality of war.”
“The last scene breaks my heart into a thousand pieces.”
“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.”
“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”
- Kristoffer Cras