2001, Fahed arrives on UK soil overflowing with aspirations and dreams…
2018, in the thrall of a mid-life crisis, he must now make a decision. Will he continue his humble lifestyle working 50-hours weeks between the take-away and the factory, or will he return to Algeria, a country he fled in the hope of making a better life for himself? Two decades later, after marrying, working two jobs to pay the bills, and picking up a distinct Northern English accent, Fahed decides he wants to go back to his place of birth.
Trapped between two countries, Fahed is also between two cultures: one he’s worked to assimilate into and one he nostalgically longs for but can’t, in reality, face.
“Karim Sayad delivers an intense observation of his antihero’s life, as the latter grapples with the dilemmas which torture his existence; an existence which is slowly losing all meaning.”
– Cineuropa, Mariel del Don
“A migration story but from the perspective of someone wanting to go back”
– Variety, Interview with KarimSayad
“A thoughtful portrait of contemporary migrant life.”
– POV, Pat Mullen