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  • Director

    Aida Begić

  • Starring

    Isa Demlakhi, Ahmad Husrom, Motaz Faez Basha, Carole Abboud, Tuka Na’al, Mehmet Usta

  • Run Time

    96 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Language

    Arabic, Turkish

  • Director of Photography: Erol Zubčević

  • Editor: Redžinald Šimek

  • Produced by: Seyyid Muhammed Emin Elhüseyni

  • Screenplay by: Aida Begić

  • Production Designer: Mirna Ler

  • Sound Production: Igor Čamo

Director Bio

Aida Begić

P&I - Director Bio

Aida Begić was born in Sarajevo. Her first feature, Snow, premiered at Cannes 2008, Semaine de la Critique, where it won the Grand Prix and 30 further festival awards from around the world. Her second feature, Children Of Sarajevo, premiered in Un Certain Regard, Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2012 and won Special Distinction of the Jury.


Never Leave Me (Bırakma Beni)


14-year-old Isa escaped the horrors of war-torn Syria, only to find himself orphaned and alone in Turkey. Now living in an orphanage for Syrian refugees in the historic city of Şanlıurfa, Isa teams up with two younger boys, sweet-tempered Motaz and mischievous Ahmad, as they plan a better future for themselves. Featuring exceptional performances from a largely non-professional cast, writer-director Aida Begić crafts a heartfelt and deeply moving story that reinforces the power of friendship, love and hope in the face of adversity and trauma. [15]

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