We Are From There

  • 82'
  • Lebanon
  • 2020

Jamil and Milad are brothers with very different personalities. Jamil is a get-up-and-go carpenter, following in his father's footsteps. Milad is a sensitive trumpeter and dreamer. As their home country, Syria, sinks further into war, Jamil emigrates first to Beirut and then makes an illegal journey to Sweden. Milad stays in Damascus, but eventually can’t take it any longer and decides to leave to Berlin. Their cousin Wissam records their journey for over five years, bringing back childhood memories, while questioning the true meaning of home.

The traumatic war in Syria plays a background role in this documentary, which focuses more on the psychological effects of being uprooted and the way the brothers, who had previously hardly travelled, deal with emigration. It draws with humility and admiration the human ability to cope with change, as radical as it can be. Jamil and Milad are achievers, each adapting his own way.

Director
Wissam Tanios
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Lebanon, France
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
82'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Nahnou men hounak
Language
Arabic
Producers
Christian Eid, Gabrielle Dumon
Production Companies
Abbout Productions, Le Bureau
Sales
The Bureau Sales
Cinematography
Fadi El Samra, Wissam Tanios
Editor
Ghina Hachicho, Mathilde Muyard
Sound Design
Rana Eid
Music
Amine Bouhafa, Milad Khawam