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Any Day Now: ‘Why some can stay while others have to leave?'

'Any Day Now', which had its Indian premiere at IFF1 52, - an emotional roller-coaster - attempts to erase the ‘Refugee’ tag.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated on 26 Nov 2021, 9:32 am

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Any Day Now, directed by Hamy Ramezan, poses the universal question as why some can stay while others have to leave: These were the words by writer Antti Rautava of IFFI 52 international competition film Any Day Now, which as per the writer makes a sincere effort to send across the message that ‘refugee’ is not an identity.

The film, being screened in the International Competition Category of the festival, aims to show - the person, the human being - not just their count where they are labelled as 'refugees' as we see in the media, Antti Rautava told mediapersons on the sidelines of the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India, being held in Goa from November 20-28.

Any Day Now tells the story of thirteen year- old boy Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family, who have been living in a refugee centre in Finland under the danger of getting deported at any moment as their asylum application gets rejected.

Sharing how he became a part of the project which is loosely based on the life of the director himself, Rautava said: “He and his family had fled from Iran to Finland when he was 9 years old and this film is very intimate and personal for him.” “When the first versions of the manuscript ended up as full of nightmares and dark, Hamy had a conversation with his producer who suggested that it will be good to have writing partner,” the writer said.

Sharing his happiness over how their film is getting appreciation during its Indian premiere at IFFI, Rautava said, “I feel people are really getting connected with our film as we have tried to show them the unity and resilience of the Mehdipour family and their journey continues through festivals like IFFI,” he said exuding happiness.

 

 

First published:26 Nov 2021, 9:32 am

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