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Style: Feature film

Genre: Drama

Year: 2013

Country: Norway, Germany, Iraq

Language: Kurdish

Duration: 105 min

Production: Paradox, MÎTOSFILM, Paradox Spillefilm

Director: Hisham Zaman

Screenplay: Kjell Ola Dahl, Hisham Zaman

Producers: Mehmet Aktash, Finn Djerdrum, Stein B. Kvae, Per Henry Borch, Savaz Boyraz, Thomas Kessler, Tina Mersmann

Operator: Marius Matsov Gulbrandsen

Music: David Reyes

Starring: Abdullah Taher, Suzan Ilir, Bahar Ozen



Hisham Zaman was born in 1975 in Iraqi Kurdistan. He graduated from the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer in 2004 and has directed several award-winning short films. In particular, the film "Father", which received more than 20 national and international awards, and "Winter Land" (2007) was awarded the Grand Prix Jose Giovanni at the International Festival in Outrance, France. Zaman's two drama films Before the Snow Falls (2013 Iraq, Germany, Norway) and A Letter to the King (2014 Norway) won the Dragon Awards for Best Norwegian Film at the Gothenburg Film Festival and many other international awards.


A 16-year-old boy leaves his native village in Kurdistan for Europe in search of his sister. It is his duty as the eldest man in the family to bring her back after she escaped from her own wedding. Traveling through Europe challenges his views of the world and life.


  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival Best Film Arab World

  • Gothenburg Film Festival 2013 - Best Scandinavian Film

  • Tribeca Film Festival 2013 - Best Cinematography