Finland, Germany 2021 – Director: Antonia Kilian – Original language: Arabic, German, Kurdish – Subtitles: English, German, None – Length: 91 min.

Combat training instead of forced marriage and IS? 19-year-old Hala escapes from Minbij in North Syria across the Euphrates and ends up in the Kurdish military. After her training she returns to her hometown as a police officer with the intention of saving her younger sisters.

Age rating: 12


Antonia Kilian

Kilian studied visual communication, art and media at the University of Art and Film in Berlin and cinematography at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and at the ISA in Havana, Cuba. She works as a director, cinematographer and producer with her own production company Pink Shadow Films. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER is her directorial debut.


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Winner VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2021


English/Original Title: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER. Writer: Antonia Kilian, Arash Asadi, Guevara Namer. Camera: Antonia Kilian. Sound: Stephan Konken. Editing: Arash Asadi. Music: Shkoon (Thorben Diekmann und Ameen Khayer). Production: Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion GmbH, Pink Shadow Films, Greenlit Productions. Producer: Frank Müller, Antonia Kilian, Guevara Namer, Merja Ritola. Co-Producers: Antonia Kilian (, Merja Ritola, Guevara Namer. International Sales: Syndicado Film Sales. Distribution: Doppelplusultra Filmproduktion GmbH