The Crossing (Flukten)

The Crossing takes us along on one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrians fleeing war and persecution, crossing a sea, two continents and five countries, searching for a home to rekindle the greatest thing they have lost - Hope. 

On a summer night, a group of Syrians wade quietly into the Mediterranean, with little children, a cat and little packets of food wrapped in cling-film held above their heads to climb into little boats that will take them to a fishing boat waiting in deeper waters. The little boat keels over from imbalanced loading. In the panic in the dark waters to save the children, they lose the cat and most of the food and water they have. A mother of 2 young children wants to return ashore, but it is too late, the police may have reached the beach and the only way available is into the sea.

They are journalists, engineers, a musician and a psychologist climbing aboard an old unseaworthy fishing boat, manned by desperate smugglers who have never before sailed beyond coastal fishing waters.

They make it to Europe, only to find out that the hardest part of their journey still lies ahead. Months of uncertainty and waiting, living in one centre after another, takes a toll on their spirits, as they confront what being a “refugee” means.

 

Production and distribution

Production Year
2015
Country of origin
Norway
Release date (national)
2015-10
Production Company
Gründer Film AS
Blindernveien 5
0361 Oslo
Executive Producer
Bente Olav
Producer
Bente Olav
Co-producer
George Kurian
Co-production Country
India
Festival Contact
NFI Documentaries
International sales
First Hand Films

Crew

Director
George Kurian
Screenplay
George Kurian
DoP
George Kurian
Camera
Rami Aramouni
Angela Alsouliman
Najib Mazloum
Editor
Lisa Ekberg
Margrethe Vinnem
Composer
Nabil Hilaneh
Nils Einar Vinjor
Gjermund Silset
Sound Designer
Daniel Lindvik
Sound Engineer
Johannes Dekko
Stills Photographer
George Kurian

Technical information

Format
DCP 2k
Shooting format
HDV
Screen ratio
16:9
Colour
Colour
Length in min's
55'
Language
Arabic
English
Subtitles
English

Director

George Kurian

George Kurian (b. 1975) is a documentary film maker and photojournalist presently based in Istanbul. He has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Egypt and has worked in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Turkey and South Asia.

He has worked on a range of TV documentaries from current affairs and history to human interest and wild life, broadcast on international TV networks.

His photojournalistic work is published in The Daily Beast, The Sunday Times, Al Jazeera, Maclean's/Rogers, Aftenposten(Norway), Dagens Nyheter(Sweden), The Australian, Neue Zurcher Zeitung(Switzerland), IRIN and through AFP.

 

Cast

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Nabil Hilaneh
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Angela Alsouliman
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Najib Mazloum
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Rami Aramouni
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Mai Alsouliman
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Marcel Alnaanaa
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Alia Isaa
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Ahmad Alsaleh
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Manal Alsaleh
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Shaima Alsaleh
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Salwa Zaher
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Afaf AlKamel
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Mustafa Sayed Eissa
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Saddam Shkair
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Kutouf Idris
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Mayar
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Ninar

Prizes

2016
One World in Brussels: Best Film
2016
BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival: Youth Documentary Award
2016
Nordic Film Days Lübeck: Best Documentary
Norwegian documentaries

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