CIFF Film Club ‘Wake Up on Mars’ + Q&A


‘Wake Up on Mars’

Our CIFF Film Club 2021 season continues this month with a screening of ‘Wake Up on Mars‘, from director Dea Gjinovci, on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm, our second film in this new season of five online screenings, presented on the third Tuesday of each month. Each event includes exclusive filmmaker introductions and Q&As. Join our Film Club for the latest and best Irish and international fiction and documentaries from the comfort of your homes.

Following its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, this debut feature-length documentary from Gjinovci follows Furkan, a Roma boy living in Sweden who dreams of building a spaceship to escape the reality of his family’s pending asylum request, and the mysterious coma-like illness that has befallen his siblings.

Furkan’s sisters, Ibadeta and Djeneta have been in a coma-like state for several years, victims of what has been named the ‘resignation syndrome’. Traumatised by the thought of being sent back to their homeland Kosovo, their minds and bodies have suddenly gone to sleep. In central Sweden, his family attempts to rebuild a normal life but so far their asylum applications have been refused one after the other. Furkan tries to escape his reality by building his own spaceship to fulfil his dream: to go live on Mars and save his two sisters. At the core of this film lies this one question: “What happens to human beings, and in particular children, when all hope is gone?”

Don’t miss your chance to see this magical and heart-breaking documentary.

(If you have already bought a Season Pass, please book in for the individual events in order to watch)

Tuesday, March 23rd, 7pm

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