A year before her psychological drama The Day I Lost My Shadow picked up the Best Debut prize at the Venice Film Festival, director Soudade Kaadan won critical acclaim for her sophomore documentary Obscure, which, like its fiction-feature follow-up, points to Kadaan's interest in using the camera not to capture an objective reality, but to enter into her characters' psyches. In Obscure, the headspace is that of Ahmad, a near-silent six-year-old refugee who no longer remembers that he is Syrian. More than a mere portrait, Kaadan's film points to how Ahmad's plight of dislocation and loss of self is emblematic of the collective trauma of Syrians forced into exile.
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