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Ameena, a young hijab wearing Australian of Palestinian origin, disappears one night after featuring in a slam poetry gathering in the suburbs of Sydney. An Australian air force fighter is shot down over Syria and the pilot is captured by the IS. The two unconnected events wreak hell in the quiet suburban life of Ricky (Tariq, Ameena’s brother) who runs a small neighbourhood hipster café with his wife Sally.

The case is handed to Police inspector, Joanne Hendricks, only weeks back at her job following a long convalescence after a nervous breakdown brought on by her son, Ryan’s death a few years earlier in Afghanistan. Despite all Joanne’s efforts, Ameena cannot be found. In a climate of mistrust and xenophobia, it is suggested in the media that she is not a missing person but a ‘home grown radical’ who has gone to Syria to join the Islamic State. The pilot is cruelly assassinated and the video circulated. The state and the media put into force a performance of discipline and punishment.

Despite his innocence, Ricky must atone for the sins of all those deemed responsible and, for the sake of his family, denounce his sister. But, for Joanne, the only way to rid herself of her ghosts is to discover the truth behind Ameena’s disappearance.

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Production Information

Writer & Director

Partho Sen-Gupta


Michael Wrenn

Marc Irmer

Tenille Kennedy


Charles Billeh

Executive Producers

Alaa Alasad

Aya Al Blouchi

Alissar Gazal

Remi Prechac

Grady Habib

Nicolas Bourgeois

Key Cast

Adam Bakri

Rachael Blake

Rebecca Breeds

Darina Al Joundhi

Damian Hill

Abbey Aziz


Bonsai (ANZ)


Doc & Film International

Key Locations



Bonnie Elliot ACS


Annick Raoul

Sound Designer

Nicolas Becker

Production Design

Clayton Jauncey

Costume Designer

Shareen Beringer


Eryck Abecassis

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