Just like my son

Directed by
Costanza Quatriglio
Ascent Film
with Rai Cinema
and Antitalent
  • Basir Ahang
  • Dawood Yousefi
  • Tihana Lazovich

Since fleeing from Afghanistan as a little boy, Ismail has been living in Europe with his brother Hassan.
Their mother, who never gave up waiting for news of her sons, doesn’t recognize him anymore. After
several unsettling phone calls, Ismail decides to face his family’s fate, buoyed by the story of his people,
the Hazara.

Screenplay by Costanza Quatriglio, Doriana Leondeff, Mohammad Jan Azad

RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2018

Ismail, two brothers,
one family, one people

Director’s Notes

A son addresses the mother whom, until that moment, he had believed was dead, but she does not recognize him. Since then, a mysterious force pushes him to find a way to reunite with her. Ismail’s body, his gentle face, his voice suspended in the darkest corners of Europe, carries us to an elsewhere that belongs to us much more than we are willing to admit.

From evoking places that are very far from us in time and space, to a substance of flesh and blood, the movie proceeds in search of answers that do not exist. What does exist is the chance for Ismail to claim his voice, a negated voice that nobody has heard before. In the mother tongue we find the language of the world, the language of an old compassion that has neither homeland, nor country, nor boundaries, or frontiers.