Balkan Dox

Children of the Enemy

Sweden, Denmark, Qatar
2021 — 95 min / Colour

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Synopsis

Patricio Galvey is in the middle of an almost unimaginable nightmare. He has not only lost his daughter, who allowed herself to be radicalised and travelled with her white, Swedish husband to Syria, where they both got killed. His seven grandchildren, aged 1 to 8, are now stuck in a prison camp in the war-torn country. The 50-year-old Swedish-Chilean Patricio has one mission: to get them out. The result is a lonely but stubborn struggle. Not least with the authorities, the media and the politicians who refuse to touch the inflamed dilemma about Syrian fighters and their children. During a 45-day-long journey through Iraq to Syria, we are presented with the story of what happened to his daughter Amanda as we follow him closely in his desperate fight to save his seven grandchildren before it’s too late. A fight that forces him to navigate a minefield of changing moods among the media and politicians, where each new move can be fatal. It doesn’t get any easier when Amanda’s radicalised mother suddenly shows up too. One hopes for the best and fears the worst in a film that adds an unforgettable story to a burning political and human dilemma.

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Directors' Biography

Gorki Glaser-Müller is a freelance film director based in Gothenburg. Gorki came to Sweden from Chile as a thirteen year old and has a background as a professional actor. Ever since he finished Academy of Valand in Gothenburg he's been experimenting with story telling in different forms. Other than the documentary, Gorki experiments with VR, MR, 360 film and volumetric recordings. He's now working with the piece Café Glaser-Müller together with the dancer and choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith and also with the piece Beauty vs Pain, a collaboration with GöteborgsOperan.

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Director

Gorki Glaser-Müller

Producer

Kristofer Henell

Erika Malmgren

Cinematography

Gorki Glaser-Müller

Editing

Søren B. Ebbe

Erika Gonzales

Kasper Leick

Åsa Mossberg

Sound

Jonas Jansson

Martin Mighetto

Screenings & Awards

CPH:DOX, Denmark, 2021

Krakow FF, Czech Republic, 2021
FIPRESCI Prize