Institute History


Furkan Demiri, age 10, is the youngest in his family. His sisters, Ibadeta and Djeneta, have been in a comatose state for several years, victims of resignation syndrome: traumatized, their minds and bodies have mysteriously gone to sleep. In central Sweden, far from their native Kosovo, Furkan’s family is trying to rebuild a normal life. But so far, all their asylum applications have been refused. Furkan tries to escape this situation by building his own spaceship to fulfill his dream: to go live on Mars and save his sisters. I have been filming Furkan’s family since July 2017. Mars is a hybrid documentary with fictionalized aspects integrated into the narrative.


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