CIFF2021 Film Club: ‘Wake Up on Mars’

Wake Up on Mars‘ – Tuesday 23 March, 7pm

Cork International Film Festival continues our CIFF2021 Film Club season this month, in partnership with The Gate Cinemas, with our second screening ‘Wake Up on Mars’, the debut feature-length documentary by director Dea Gjinovci, hot from its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary 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’. Traumatized by the thought of being sent back to Kosovo, their homeland, 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?”

We hope you’ll join us for this moving documentary, and for this new season of the latest and best Irish and international fiction and documentaries, taking place every third Tuesday of each month until June, presented with exclusive introductions and Q&As with filmmakers.

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