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Runtime: 78 minutes

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A New Beginning opens with a flashback to winter of 2015 in a Copenhagen train station. Wheelchair-bound Rabeaa and his four-year-old son, Kais, have arrived from Syria. They are thrust into a new and foreign world with nothing but each other. First-time feature documentarian, Danish-Iraqi director Ala’a Mohsen, captures this moment and follows them through their first years of building a new life in Norway. Calm, patient, and persistent, Rabeaa overcomes language and cultural barriers, leg and spinal injuries, and the struggles of a single parent with an unwavering determination to create a sense of belonging and a brighter future for his son. Never forgetting where they come from, he recalls their life in Syria and their journey to their new one in tender stories. Made with great humanity and intimacy, the moments of joy are made even more poignant by their love, perseverance, and enduring bond.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    78 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Denmark, Norway
  • Premiere
    Louisiana
  • Note
    English subtitles
  • Director
    Ala'A Mohsen
  • Producer
    Søren Steen Jespersen
  • Cinematographer
    Ala'A Mohsen
  • Editor
    Anders Villadsen