Heart of Stone
France • 1h 29m
Directed by Claire Billet, Olivier Jobard • Documentary • 2018 • 89 minutes
Thirteen-year-old Ghorban arrives in Paris after having made the 8,000 kilometre journey from Afghanistan on his own. In France, however, he is faced with an absurd situation: He’s stuck. “There is neither a beginning nor an end”, is his own words. They can’t send him to school, one of the reason being is that there is a date that doesn’t exist on his birth certificate: 31 November.
Claire Billet and Olivier Jobard followed the sensitive boy for eight years. Fixed points are provided not only by Ghorban’s constantly changing hairstyles and his ever improving French, but also by regular conversations with a therapist that provide deeper insights into his mental state.
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