In his early twenties Addai leaves his entire life behind and moves to Syria to help victims of the civil war. At first he is assigned kitchen duty together with Ilias. Addai writes to his mother: “Don’t worry about me, I’m fine.” Two years later Addai’s mother receives a letter from prison. Ilias has been sentenced for terrorism by a German court. He wants to meet her and writes: “One thing you have to believe me, we went there with good intentions."

Category Short film
Director Esther Niemeier
Production Filmuniversität Babelsberg
Format Full HD/DCP
Runtime 30 min
Year 2018
Broadcaster RBB
Language German
Subtitles English, French
Country Germany
Genre Animation, Award-Winning, Documentary, Drama


  • "Winner Audience Award", Tampere ISFF – International Competition (2018)
  • "Winner Best Short", DocAviv (2018)
  • Telluride Film Festival – Student Prints (2018)
  • "Nomination Best Production, Best Documentary" First Step Award (NO FEAR Award) (2018)
  • Festival de Donostia-San Sebastián, Nest Student Competition (2018)
  • "MIKELDI Award for Best Short Animation Film", ZINEBI Bilbao (2018)
  • Finalist Student Academy Award (International Documentary) (2018)
  • "Best Animated Film Award" Clermont-Ferrand ISFF, France (2019)
  • .....& many more


  • Nominated for the 41th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards 2020, via the New York Times, in the category Outstanding New Approaches: Documentary

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