Told through the eyes of mothers and fathers whose incredible will and commitment to protect, engage and raise their children during the violent chaos of war and military attack in Syria, Departing:Arrivals proves to be an enduring and inspiring account of parenthood. Survivors speak openly about parenting and faith during war, illuminating what is often a neglected area that focuses on the psychological and emotional effects of war on families and parenting. A faceless yet thoroughly intimate and honest account of how mothers, fathers and children escaped the unforgiving face of war to build new lives in Manchester, England.
Departing:Arrivals was made in partnership with Mrs Aala El-Khani, Dr Kim Cartwright and Professor Rachel Calam of the Parenting and Families Research Group at the University of Manchester. Interviews with parents funded by the Wellcome Trust. Film-maker thanks all parents for taking part in the making of this film.
Shot in Manchester, UK.
Many thanks to Work for Change and Manchester Central Library.
Footage in Syria provided by
A film made by Hafsah Naib
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