Will My Parents Come to See Me

An experienced Somali policewoman once again accompanies a young inmate through the procedures of the Somali justice system. (production note)


Somalia. A policewoman sits in her parked car. After a while, she gets out, puts on her service cap, and enters the prison. There, decisive hours have dawned for young Farah. Organizational machinery starts up around him. Farah is examined by a doctor, instructed by the bailiff, and looked after by an imam. Farah is waiting for his parents to visit.  
“How are you?” is the question everyone asks him that day. Each time, “Good” is his concise answer. Only when the policewoman takes Farah out of town the next morning does the unspeakable become a painful reality.                                                                                                                                              

Will My Parents Come to See Me tells what such an everyday life does to people. Their emotional world is characterized by insurmountable heaviness, in which every movement becomes an act of strength. Only the bare essentials are said. Even the camera can barely approach. Often it stops in front of the prison bars or has to look over a wall. Outside the wind rushes by and a band can be heard. In Mo Harawe’s film there is no good or bad, no right or wrong. There is only life that everyone clings to. (Dominique Gromes)

Orig. Title
Will My Parents Come to See Me
Year
2022
Countries
Austria, Germany, Somalia
Duration
28 min
Director
Mo Harawe
Category
Short fiction
Orig. Language
somali
Subtitles
english
Credits
Director
Mo Harawe
Script
Mo Harawe
Cinematography
Steven Samy
Editing
Alexander von Piechowski
Sound
Mohamed Abdinur Isse
Actor/Actress
Xaliimo Cali Xasan, Shucayb Abdirahman Cabdi, Maxamed Axmed Maxamed, Mohamed Hersi, Geenyada Madaw, Faysal Colaad Muxumed, Guuleed Xasan Saleebaan
Executive Producer
Mo Harawe, Alexander von Piechowski, Nuux Muuse Birjeeb, Ahmed Farah
Supported by
Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport / Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport, Wien Kultur
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
colour