Original Film Title: WHEN MOM IS GONE
Directors Name: Zeynep Gulru Kececiler
Producer: Zeynep Gulru Kececiler
Country of Origin: Turkey
Country of Filming: Afghanistan
Runtime: 28 minutes 36 seconds
“When Mom is Gone” is the story of a father and his six children trying to hold on to life.
Mohammed is left alone with his six children, the oldest of whom is 11 and the youngest is 2, in the mountain village of Sumara, in the city of Bamyan in Afghanistan. 9-year old Masume has quit school and is trying to be a mother to her siblings. 11-year old Jumahan, the eldest son, is working far away from his family. What has happened to leave Mohammed and his children in this condition? Why is Masume taking care of her siblings? Why is Jumahan working as a shepherd at a distant village away from his siblings? Yes, a father and his six little children in Afghanistan have to struggle hard.
Filmed in 35 days, the documentary demonstrates the micro-scale reflections of the devastation caused by the war in Afghanistan that has been going on for a decade.