A ballad narrates poetic stories in short stanzas, hence this self-reflective musical documentary mirrors the life of Maisa Alhafez, a musician and a Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. The film is about her longing for her loved ones as she tries to make a place for herself in the world of the displaced. Her family is still in Syria, Maisa’s true love (fiancé) is in the Netherlands. Because of the current EU-Turkey border regime, reunification is very challenging. Not giving up, Maisa works hard for her vision to transform the borders by building a multicultural community, “The Oriental Istanbul Mosaic Choir.” A diverse family that sings together, which she believes, through music and love, can heal the wounds of her people and children.


About Eda Elif Tibet

Eda Elif Tibet is an independent documentary filmmaker and anthropologist that commutes between Bern, Switzerland, and Istanbul. In the midst of her PhD research on unaccompanied young asylum seekers in Turkey and the navigation of their educational pathways, Elif continues to follow inspirational life stories visually, too. Approaching filmmaking as an existential life journey, she films and produces her own films under her label KarmaMotion. Her previous award winning films that circulated throughout world film festivals and broadcast on television are: 28 Days on the Moon (2012), AMCHI (2013)/(filmmaker of inspiration), Hey Goat (2014), Refugee Here I Am (2016)/(Gold Human Rights Award). Ballad for Syria (2017) is her latest film that came to light through a friendship with Maisa Alhafez.


Director’s Statement

In these darkest days it is just the time that filmmakers must tell stories that connect humankind with each other. Peace and love.