Rosi’s mesmerising cinematic eye, often capturing humanity at its most fraught, here invokes stillness. A young couple smoke together whilst overlooking the city at night; fragile plastic tents in muddy refugee camps bellow in the wind; female fighters warm their hands at daybreak, and a young boy hunts for small birds to feed his mother and siblings. Meanwhile, in a psychiatric ward, a doctor has written a historical play for patients to perform. On a stage framed by faded red curtains, they practice their lines together. Elsewhere, a teacher gently reminds her students how to breathe, in the knowledge that they are now safe. These fragile vignettes of life tell us as much about the nature of our existence as the most dramatic moments of conflict.
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