Short film directed by Murad Abu Eisheh (Spirit of the Ball) which attempts to show how children caught in war zones are affected. Shot on location in Jordan, this German-Jordanian co-production tells the story of an 8-year-old girl. Tala escapes from the horrors around her in the world by watching television. But television is forbidden, so her father eventually has to throw it out. Obviously, Tala is heartbroken. Soon that television becomes a matter of life and death.

It is a heart-breaking watch at times but necessary as we have to be reminded of how war affects the youngest and most vulnerable. Even more upsetting as you know that this is a reality for millions of kids around the globe. How they are not really able to have the childhood they deserve for reasons that really have nothing to do with them.

Director Eisheh wrote and directed the film after reading about how ISIS had banned television’s in Syria in 2014. News, ideas and escapism are not conveyed or an option. Control is exerted. Many Arab countries have gone through this. No one is spared. Through the seemingly innocent forbidding of owning or watching televisions, we are brought face to face with some of the socio-political issues in the Middle East.

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