Director: Misja Pekel | 34 min | 2019 | Netherlands, France
Maelstrom is a found-footage documentary about a paradise lost, composed out of hundreds of Syrian amateur videos. The film is inspired by the true story of a young Syrian refugee who, in search of a new home, tried to swim from Calais to England. During this fatal journey, memories of his past life haunt the swimmer’s mind. These flashbacks form a psychological web in which he slowly gets caught. It becomes apparent that the final destination is not England, but the paradise of a lost past.
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