BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - Lighthouse International Film Festival | BEST DIRECTOR - Queens World Film Festival | AUDIENCE AWARD - Chicago Feminist Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION- DOC NYC, Ji.hlava IDFF, St. Louis International Film Festival, TAF Thessaloniki Animation FestivalChild Abuse & Child Trafficking • Family Separation • Foster Care • Poverty • Sexual Abuse • Suicide • Residential Treatment • Trauma • Healing • Reconciliation & Forgiveness
Date of Completion: 2018 | Run Time: 9 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Study Guide (Available Upon Purchase) | Director: Yasmin Mistry | Producers: Yasmin Mistry & Kimberly DiPersia | Writers: Kimberly DiPersia & Maxine Trump | Editor: Maxine Trump | Illustrators: Hathaison Gerdprasert, Noure Zein & Andrea Porretta | Featuring: Fekri Kram
On his 5th birthday, Fekri runs through the local market in Tunisia, swiping some food from a local vendor. The shop owner catches him stealing and threatens to chop off Fekri’s hand; but he is spared such brutality when a seemingly altruistic French tourist, Florence, catches sight of the events and offers to pay for the food before following Fekri home. Fekri lives in an abusive home with few financial resources. His mom fears she cannot protect him from dangers at home or in the streets, so when Florence offers to buy Fekri for $100 his mom acquises, believing she is giving Fekri an opportunity for a better life. However, Florence demonstrates no affection towards Fekri and for the next four years she is physically and sexually abusive. It is not until the abuse is discovered that Fekri moves into a group home where he finally finds support, mentorship, and forgiveness towards the family which sold him.