Short film / 15 min / in Funding
Saydnaya prison, Syria:
Starved, humiliated and without any hope, Inana is on the brink of breaking down. When her guard returns once more to rape her, she suddenly sees a chance to take revenge…
Saydnaya, Syria's notorious prison for political enemies. Inana has been locked up in a dark isolation cell below surface level. Having been tortured repeatedly, she has lost all hope of being released. The only thing that helps her not to despair in the loneliness of the cell is a secret companion: a little mouse that appears occasionally from a hole in the wall. Inana tells mythical stories to the mouse, about her namesake, the goddess Inana, as well as Eva, the first woman. She retells and interprets their legends – projections of strength and resistance to cling to, in contrast to the bitter reality of her powerlessness.
When Inana hears steps approaching, she knows what is coming. Hisham, the guard, has raped her several times before. In the cell, Hisham discovers what has kept up Inana's resistance for so long. He plays a perfidious game, seemingly managing to break Inana's spirit. He achieves the submission he has been longing for. But his desires cause him to abandon caution. The power struggle between Hisham and Inana unfolds in real-time, only interupted by two flashbacks. In the end, Inana has been humiliated and violated once more. But as Hisham dozes off next to her, she seizes her chance to take revenge.
In Syrian mythology, Inana is the goddess of love, war and justice.
Written & directed by: Ragda Alazizi
Production: Wood Water Films
Produced by: Karoline Henkel, Jasper Mielke, Arto Sebastian
Coproduced by: Ragda Alazizi
Funding: Filmprize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Funded by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC