Promises Halimo can’t keep

Promises Halimo can’t keep


An intimate portrait of a Somali refugee mother who has fled the conflict in her country leaving her two young daughters behind with her mother. In this documentary Halimo confesses to her children, through a letter that the person with whom they live is not who they believe and will explain to them the reasons why she had to abandon them and her journey through more than ten countries until arriving in Austria, where she lives now. Halimo shows us how hard it is to undertake a new life as a refugee, away from her daughters, in an environment that although peaceful, is far from what she imagined when leaving her homeland.


Short documentary
Length: 15′
Production year: 2017
Original title: La carta de Zahra
Written and Directed by: Paula Palacios
Producer: Paula Palacios
Produced by: MORADA FILMS with the supportof Aljazeera Documentary Channel
Shooting format: HD colour 16/9
Screening format: Bluray, DVD, DCP
Original Language: English, Somali
Subtitles: Spanis, English, Arabic, French
Locations: Vienna (Austria), Iran, Lesbos & Idomeni (Greece), Hungary
#HumanRights #Refugee #RefugeeMothers #RefugeeWomen #Women #Somalia
Festivals & Awards: Best original story at the Filmmakers Film Festival London 2018,
Nominated for Best Director at the Filmmakers Film Festival London 2018,
Festival de Cine Invisible 2018 (Bilbao, Spain)