8 Borders 8 Days
Directed by Amanda Bailly, 2017, USA/Lebanon, 61 min, English version
A Special Screening followed by a videoconferencing Q&A session with Director
In collaboration with Oxfam in Cambodia
In the framework of “Jui Knia – Cambodian Migration Stories of Hope”
A fierce single mother named Sham shows us the consequences of closing our doors to the families fleeing war in Syria. With no answer to her application for resettlement in the U.S., and every other path to safety closed off, a smuggler’s raft to Europe was the only way out for Sham and her kids. 8 Borders, 8 Days is their story; the intimate details of why a mother is willing to risk her children’s lives at sea and an immersive experience of their extraordinary eight-day journey. It’s a chance to see and feel every “behind-the-scenes” moment of frustration, fear, optimism and humor alongside Sham and her two resilient children as they begin a new life.