That Afternoon (Die middag) is filmmaker Nafiss Nia’s personal story as a former refugee in the Netherlands, split into two characters. Roya, a refugee from Iran who has exhausted all legal remedies, flees her asylum seekers’ center to avoid being sent back to Iran. With an address in her pocket, she hopes to stay with Nassim, who assists rejected refugees. Nassim, however, claims to be unable to open the door. Having nowhere else to go, Roya is determined to stay. Slowly but surely, a conversation develops between the two. Marked by their past as refugees, they are both looking for a way out. They could be each other’s salvation, but a closed door stands between them. They get to know each other through the closed door, and so two life stories with one fate are unveiled.
Nafiss Nia’s feature debut premiered on January 28th as part of IFFR’s Bright Future program. Since then, the film has been selected for several prestigious film festivals, including the Movies that Matter festival and the upcoming Sydney Film Festival 2023. That Afternoon will be released in Dutch theaters on May 18th.
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