My Paper Life


Belgium, France, Iran, 2022, 80'


In our life, there are events that mark our existence and change us once and for all, but it’s not easy to discuss them. Two Syrian young women, Hala and Rima, are the elder sisters of a family who fled the war in Syria and are now accommodated in a Brussels apartment, awaiting the outcome of their asylum application, hoping for a new life away from fear. Entirely shot inside the apartment, the film focuses on the encounter of the filmmaker and the two sisters, and the dialogue they entertain. Stories hard to tell make their way through the use of drawings: the journey made to arrive to the West, the sea crossed, the dangers encountered take shape on a blank sheet of paper. The home is the suspended space of the wait, animated by little siblings and the daily gestures. Thanks to the exchange of words and drawings, it turns into a space of sharing that puts us in contact with the images and emotions conveyed by those, actually facing us with a contemporary odyssey. Deleting those painful inner dimensions will not be possible, but sharing them may soothe the grief and pave the way for hope in a brighter future, in which one can smile again and imagine the future, like being dressed as a bride.

The event is finished.

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 06 Nov 2022
  • Time: 4:00


Cinema Stensen
Cinema Stensen - Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 25c, 50129 Florence
Vida Dena


Vida Dena

Vida Dena is an Iranian female artist and independent filmmaker who is currently living and working in Brussels. She is part of the audiovisual collective called Ciclope, as well as the collective Comment peut-on être persan?. My Paper Life had its premiere at Visions du Réel 2022.

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