Segments in this Video

Yasmin: Athens, Greece (21:06)


Yasmin lives in a tent city with her four children. She shows them videos of their life back in Syria on her phone. She is trying to reunite with her husband, who is in Germany.

Samra: Reyhanli, Turkey (18:38)

Samra is registering her five children at an orphanage in Turkey, but the oldest, Fayez, does not want to go. As a widow who works long hours in the fields, she feels she cannot support them, and that Fayez is doing too much parenting.

Omar: Pennsylvania, USA (18:56)

Omar lives in the United States with his teenage brother Abudi, who he is acting as a father. Abudi lost his leg in an airstrike, and they left Syria. Omar is trying to get them both asylum.

Diaa: Masyaf, Syria (13:22)

Diaa relentlessly searches for her missing son Mohammed. She refuses to lose hope, though other family members have. Her niece, who is living in France, urges her to move on.

Safwan: Butzbach, Germany (12:48)

Safwan, Yasmin's husband, lives in temporary housing in Germany with other Syrians. He and his roommates are working to reunite with their families.

Safwan and Yasmin (10:12)

Safwan, Yasmin, and their children reunite in Germany after more than two years. Yasmin and the children have to stay at a refugee camp until Safwan can find permanent housing.

Credits: Simple as Water (03:24)

Credits: Simple as Water

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Simple as Water

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Simple As Water is a love story celebrating the bonds of family. Oscar®-winning director Megan Mylan documents Syrian families filmed over five years in five countries to reveal the impact of war, separation, and displacement. The film follows: Yasmin, a mother of four living in a tent in the port of Athens; Samra, a widow on the Turkey-Syria border grappling with the decision to leave her children in an orphanage in hopes of giving them a better chance in life; 22-year-old Omar, who's taken on the role of parent to his younger brother in Pennsylvania; Diaa, who's remained in Syria while tirelessly searching for her "disappeared" son; and Safwan, who lives in temporary housing in Germany andlaments lost milestones with his children. Epic in scope but intimate in feel, Simple As Water underscores the universal importance of family.

Length: 99 minutes

Item#: BVL280724

Copyright date: ©2021

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