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Hernán Zin | Spain, Denmark 2016 | 84 Min. | OmeU

Sunday, 07.05.2017, 6 pm | tickets
Votiv Kino | Gr. Saal

This film is nominated for the International Documentary Award (IDA).


Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, around four million Syrians have had to abandon their country, fleeing violence. Over half of them are children. Born in Syria narrates the journey of these refugees from the point of view of the children who live this constant torment. They suffer the abuse of the mafias, the harshness of the sea, the uncertainty of the future with barely the shirt on their back, only to arrive at their long-awaited destination and start a new odyssey: an integration into a new land that, for many, is hostile. This is the greatest exodus of refugees since the Second World War, seen from a height of four and a half feet through seven stories of war, suffering, and desperation… But ultimately these stories are also tales of overcoming, innocence, bravery, and hope that help us understand what it means to have been born in Syria.


Hernán Zin (born in Buenos Aires in 1971) has a degree in International Relations and has spent the last 20 years travelling the world creating documentaries and writing articles and books.

He has directed many documentaries, some highlights being: Villas Miseria (2009), I Want to be Messi (2013), The War Against Women (2013), Born in Gaza (2014), Matadoras (2015) and 10 años con Bebe (2016).


  • Premio Forqué (Spain) for Best Documentary Feature.


  • Sevilla European Film Festival (Spain)
  • Cork Film Festival (Ireland)
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata (Argentina)
  • Festival du Cinéma méditerranéen de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Ajyal Youth Film Festival (Qatar)
  • Human Rights Human Wrongs (Norway)