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Facing Mecca (2017)

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Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed's assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds beautifully simple answer.

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Ali Al-Fatlawi ...
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Rolf Brügger ...
Municipal Council
Sarah Bürge ...
Municipal Council
Irene Eichenberger ...
Municipal Council
Enver Fazliji ...
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Rahel Hubacher ...
Cashier
Merav Ibrahim ...
Yara
Saya Ibrahim ...
Israa
Nina Iseli ...
Municipal Council
Christoph Lanz ...
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Nicolas Rosat ...
Thomas Künzli
Ruth Schwegler ...
Doris
Maria Sigrist ...
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The hospital calls Fareed; his wife's situation is critical; the cancer has reached its terminal stage. Pensioner Roli comes to his help and takes him to see his wife who passes away shortly after. Her funeral falls under the jurisdiction of Amrikon council. Fareed wants to see his wife buried in accordance with Muslim rites. Roli is keen to help Fareed and his daughters but problems quickly arise: the graves in the local cemetery have not been aligned to face Mecca; the council is unable to carry out the burial within 24 hours after death. Councillor Thomas Künzli assures everyone that they'll organise things for the following week. Unimpressed by the council's tactical heal-dragging, Roli offers a more creative idea: a family plot would allow for the body to be buried diagonally - facing Mecca. But even family graves are exhumed after 25 years and allocated anew. For Muslims this disturbance of peace is an absolute taboo. Written by Dschoint Ventschr

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