Mo Harawe with "Village Next to Paradise" in Cannes

Mo Harawe (Kunsthochschule Kassel, Film and Moving Image Class) can be seen with his feature film debut "The Village Next to Paradise" in the "Un Certain Regard" series, the most important side section of the Cannes Film Festival. The 77th Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 14 to 25.

Synopsis - "The Village Next to Paradise"
In a remote village in Somalia, Mamargade, a single father, struggles with the challenges of daily life. His sister Araweelo is looking for a new home with him after her divorce. Cigaal, his son, is sometimes overlooked in the turmoil of this fragile family. Despite having different goals in a complex world, the family finds its own way through love, trust and confidence.

FreibeuterFilm, Kazak Productions, NiKo Film and Maanmaal ACC are involved in the production.

The screenwriter and director Harawe has already received numerous awards for his short films: "Life on the Horn" (2020), received an honorable mention at the Locarno International Film Festival, "Will My Parents Come to See Me" (2022) was nominated for the European Film Award and won the Grand Prix in Clermont-Ferrand as well as the German LOLA and the Austrian Film Award for Best Short Film 2023.

Cannes International Film Festival
The Cannes International Film Festival is one of the world's most important film festivals. The 77thedition of Cannes (May 14 to 25, 2024) is under the direction of Iris Knobloch, while Thierry Frémaux is responsible for the artistic direction as General Delegate. The jury president of the main section, in which the Palme d'Or for the best film of the festival is awarded, is Greta Gerwig.