After the Rohingya genocide, the two little siblings began their new life by selling cheap ice-cream door to door in the world´s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh in a desperate attempt to earn enough money to bribe officials for the release of their father from prison in Myanmar.
The power of imagination keeps Kalpana, a Nepalese actress in Portugal, from giving up hope after losing her job as a fruit picker. Passionate about her art, she makes little performances in the modest house she shares with her husband,Tika, who films everything onto his smart-phone for their two teenage sons back home. The film balances on the fine line between reality and fiction as it evokes the wonders of the human condition, hope, memory, and love.
"A Passagem" portrays a brief glimpse into the lives of Idalina (82) and Brazida (79), two Portuguese old shepherd women from Algarve, who live in the middle of nowhere. The film speaks volumes about their lives as well as the twilight of life itself.
The film is a story of two Portuguese fishermen who risk their lives to catch barnacles from the Atlantic Ocean. As they work on the rocks and reefs, they appear to be dancing with the sea, while on the land the fishermen’s young daughters dance ballet.
The wind picks up, roiling the banners that read "Genocide - Never Again." The sky darkens, shadowing the faces of the crowd that is tightly packed into the clearing among the trees. The clouds threaten, swell and finally burst, churning the ground below into a viscous muck, but the crowd only presses more closely together. They are respectful, even reverent, as speaker after speaker reminds them of why they are standing there, sandals sinking into mud the color of dried and faded blood. Zarina stands at the edge of the crowd, haunted by the same shared memories of atrocities six years past, but keeping to himself his own additional depths of aching loneliness. Darkly cloaked, bowed but unbroken, he prays. In the film, we will finally enable Zarina to tell his story.