In the throes of the war in Syria, people are forced to decide whether to flee – and if so, when and where to? And what is left behind? Just one item can represent an entire home. An elderly couple has tried to leave for years, having been forced to return. While waiting for another try, a decades-old coffee pot is retrieved from the luggage. A young man tries to keep his mother’s vase intact. Another man has packed all the items to be left behind in boxes, labelling them neatly, so any looters would know there’s nothing worth stealing.

Being constantly cooped up indoors is oppressive, but when would be a good time to leave? The right answer only comes in hindsight. The film by Syrian director, Liwaa Yazji, is a depiction of the moments before a person becomes a refugee.

Text: Ulla Simonen / Translation: Liina Härkönen

Language: Arabia
Subtitles: English



  • Name in Original Language: Maskoon
  • Director: Liwaa Yazji
  • Country: Syria, Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 63 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP / FHD
  • Cinematography: Joude Gorany, Talal Khoury, Liwaa Yazji
  • Editing: Carine Doumit
  • Audio: db Studios
  • Music: Kinan Abou Afach
  • Production: Liwaa Yazji with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation


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