The way home

Through his quest to better understand the shredded state of his family, Wael questions the long-lasting socio-political crisis in Syria. In 1980, I was born in Syria coinciding with the launch of a project aiming to build an international highway only a few meters away from my house – a bridge that would separate the city from its poor suburb. In 1985, I met my father for the first time and realised that the woman I always called “mother” was in fact my grandmother. A conflict had arisen between her and my biological mother over my custody. A few years later my journey fighting cancer started with several false diagnoses and delayed treatment at governmental hospitals. In 2000, I asked about and searched for my biological mother and our family history. But my attempts to confront and understand my past shook the stability that each member of the family had created. In 2013 I fled to Lebanon and continued my family research with the conviction that cancer, family dismantlement, and urban transformations are a mere metaphor of our present general social and political crisis.

An autobiographical film by Wael Kadlo
Production: Wael Kadlo and Nadim Deabies
Image: Ayman Nahle, Wael Kadlo,
Rami Nihawi and Juma Hamdo
Assistant Director: Samer Mostafa
Editing: Orwa AL-Mokdad
Sound: Mazen Al-Sayed
Color: Blal Hibri








List of Festivals

– IDFA International documentary festival Amsterdam – Netherlands/ November 2018
– Ecran du reel festival Beirut – Lebanon/ May 2019
– Film festival Kriterion Amsterdam – Netherlands/ July 2019
– Syrian doc days Denmark – Sweden/ September 2019
– Malmo Arab film festival Malmo – Sweden/ October 2019
– Moviement festival Athens – Greece/ November 2019
– Other way of watching together Rotterdam – Netherlands/ January 2020
– Liberation docfest Bangladesh/ June 2020
– ALFILM Arab film festival Berlin – Germany/ September 2020

Wael Kadlo

A Syrian filmmaker born in Damascus, Syria in 1980. Kadlo relocated to Beirut in 2013 where he continues to practice his career in filmmaking. With a degree in French literature from the University of Damascus, Kadlo started his career as a theatre actor during his university years as well as taking part in a number of independent plays including ‘Very Crazy Dead’, ‘Thespians’, ‘Departure no.1’, ‘The Magical Broom’, ‘The Wedding’, and ‘The Caravan’. Following that, he participated in several workshops in directing, editing and cinematography under the supervision of directors Ghassan Salhab, Mohammed Sweid, Hala Abdullah and Rania Estefan. Kadlo also worked as an assistant director, cameraman and consultant for several movies. His previous film ‘Wound’, won the Aan Korb Festival award in 2014.