Bogusa does not know how to explain to her little Tareq that his father will not come back home. Therefore she decided to take him to Casablanca, so that they can be together for a while. Kabbour takes them around his neighbourhood, where he grew up as a boy, and yet now those very streets appear foreign to him. And he wants to go back home. To his home, in Abruzzo where he first arrived when he was only 11 years old. It is there where he studied, worked and where he married and had a child. It is there where he lived until the carabinieri picked him up from his house in order to repatriate him back to Morocco. With a piece of paper in his pocket which in the name of the Italian law forbids him to live with his own family.
Duration: 15 minutes
Direction and camera: Alexandra D’Onofrio
Editing: Antonio Augugliaro
Post production audio: Tommaso Barbaro (Redrum Murder)
Music: Dissoi Logoi
Produced by Fortress Europe with a contribution from Open Society Foundation
“Daddy's not coming back" is part of the series “La vita che non CIE. Three short films on Italian identification and expulsion centres”, produced by Fortress Europe in 2012.
Watch the trailers of the other two short films:
Luck will save me (18 minutes)
Love in the Time of Frontier (20 minutes)