Title of the Project
English FACE OF HONOR
Country of origin of the project
A girl decides to put on a suicide jacket (explosive belt) - believing it to be the means to protect the honour and dignity of her family; a boy in war - places the honour and fate of his family above his own life; a young man realizes late that sacrificing himself for his ideals and his community - robs his mother's life of any meaning.
The heroes from the feature film project FACE OF HONOR, pose the question of the cost and meaning of an individual human sacrifice in defending of the honor. They offer different answers, while questioning the brutal distinction between personal interests and the interests of the community.
The film FACE OF HONOR raises the question of the cost of an individual human sacrifice through three different stories:
- A dissatisfied Muslim girl in Germany - decides to put on a suicide jacket-bomb. Just minutes before the bomb is activated - her younger brother rushes in as he tries to make her reconsider her decision, and by doing so puts his own life at risk.
- In an attempt to escape his pursuers (a paramilitary squad), a child unexpectedly enters the house of strangers - putting the lives of his hosts in jeopardy. Soon the strangers will have to choose between a child's life - their honor, or the lives of the entire family.
- A young count, sentenced to death for raising a rebellion, does not renounce his ideals. Just before the execution - his mother arrives, posing a question that would provoke a dilemma for the idealistic young count.
In their readiness to pay the highest price for saving the honor, the characters of the film FACE OF HONOR lay down their most valuable possession - their life, as well as the lives of their families, thus questioning the brutal distinction between the collective and personal interests. The scenario encompases three complementary short stories of sacrifice - which question the model of collective and personal interest, throughout three different time periods, religious contexts and three different locations, while simultaneously examining the relationships of parents and their children within the very act of sacrifice.
One of the storyes, takes place in the dungeons at the end of 19th century, during the European romantic rebellion. This is a story of mutiny and punishment, and its main character - Count Esterhazi (who lead a rebellion against the aristocratic class, which he himself came from, and the tzar) - siding with the poor and underprivileged, inspired by the idealism of its times.
The other story takes place during the Second World War, as a Vlach child running for its life eventually finds itself at the house of an Albanian First World War hero - Nur Doka, thus putting all his family into jeopardy. Nur has a choice to make - to either honor the moral code spanning over many centuries, and save his face (thus putting the lives of his family at risk), or to sacrifice the life of the unknown child.
The third story of sacrifice is situated in the German suburbia, in an expatriate community of 21st century, during the time of terrorism threats. The lead character of the story is Azra, a Montenegro-born refugee, who unwillingly finds herself in Germany. The challenge of cultural integration and adaptation will lead her to a turning point, where she starts questioning the notions of brotherly love, loyalty, and honesty, as she eventually decides that truthfulness and love must be achieved at any cost.
The heroes of these stories lead us examine the price of sacrifice, as they try to find their own path - in their times, searching for that thing which surpasses their own existence. Striving to preserve the value of ideals, the heroes of these stories pledge their lives and lives of their family members. The heroes of our film, each in its own way - will ask a difficult question (about the cost of the victim), searching for the timeless answers, willing to pay the highest price for it.
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