In The Dream of Karabakh, refugee and mother-of-five Shushan is living in Armenia after losing her home in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region during a war with Azerbaijan. She is grieving a double loss: her husband died in a car accident six months prior to the conflict.
Shushan reminisces about their past life and deals with grief while living with her children a foreign place. Despite the danger and uncertainty of returning to a postwar zone, she wonders whether she would not be happier back in her village. Shushan’s husband appears in her dreams, asking her to come back home, to the house they built together. These dreams push Shushan to make the decision to return.
The Dream of Karabakh is an intimate, character-led film that follows Shushan’s emotional refugee return journey back to a burned down house in a war-torn village, where her husband no longer is — but where she still feels most at home.
Supported by One World Media
Director: Lucia de la Torre
2023 | 14 min