NPO
NTR
7 augustus 2018

BUT WHEN MOMMY IS COMING? (SWITZERLAND)
BEST PROGRAMME ABOUT CULTURAL DIVERSITY 2019 TV NON-FICTION

Author: Stefano Ferrari
Director: Stefano Ferrari
Produced by: Michael Beltrami
Broadcast by: RSI LA 1

Ahmed is a child in a wheelchair because he was born with spina bifida. Born in Syria in the city of Afrin, four years ago his father put him on his back to escape the war with the whole family. After a stop in Iraq, the family had to split apart. The mother stayed in Iraq with two sons while the father embarked on an infinite journey with Ahmed and his brother Falamaz, which ended first in Switzerland, in Giubiasco.
However their fingerprints were taken in Germany and , in accordance with the Dublin Agreement, after almost 2 years of happy stay in Giubiasco, Ahmed and Falamaz are expelled and sent to Germany with their father. A group of mothers from Ticino has not forgotten them and begins a struggle to answer the question that Ahmed asks every day: 'But when will mommy arrive?'


JURY LAUDATIO:

The TV IRIS Jury viewed and judged a rich mosaic of films, both fiction and non-fiction, from all over Europe.
Many current and urgent diversity topics were represented: the history of migration, racial separation in education, the sad fates of refugees or the discrimination against Roma and Travelers.
Not an easy job for the TV IRIS jury to decide who should be the winner. But finally, one entry clearly stands out, because it excels in many ways: because of its close-to-the-skin camerawork. Because of its amazing editing, telling almost everything in real-life-scenes, caught in a process of four years. But above all because of the dramatic story of a father, refugee from Syria, who had to leave his wife back home and now fights for a better future of his handicapped son.