My Small Land

My Small Land

Director: Emma Kawawada
Country: Japan, France

2022 | 114 min. | Japanese, Kurdish, Turkish
Subtitles: English, German
FSK 12

Cast_ Lina Arashi, Daiken Okudaira Screenplay_ Emma Kawawada Camera_ Hidetoshi Shinomiya Producer_ Hiromi Morishige, Megumi Banse Rights_ Gaga Corporation

What does it mean for someone to flee, start anew, adopt a new culture, and have to fear losing everything all over again? These are the issues addressed in this moving and honest film.

The teenage Sarya lives with her family in Japan. She is a good student, popular in her class, responsible and helpful. Even a tender first love seems possible. However, Japan is not her home country and Japanese is not her mother tongue. Even her friends don’t know that she is a Kurdish refugee. And when her father is denied refugee status by the Japanese authorities, it triggers an avalanche of problems. Her future in the new country is now completely up in the air. ›My Small Land‹ is a moving and topical film that portrays the harsh realities of its characters’ lives and at the same time inspires hope.

After the screening in Heidelberg on November 23, together with our cooperation partner Mosaik Deutschland e.V., we are hosting a discussion on the topic of flight and displacement. Never have so many people been on the run as today. ›My Small Land‹ show us that behind the bare statistics there are always individual fates. The workshop is about politics and our coexistence, but also about emotions.


Director and screenwriter Emma Kawawada (born 1991) directed her first films while still pursuing her studies in film and theater. She worked as an assistant director for Hirokazu Koreeda. The screenplay of ›My Small Land‹ earned her the ARTE International Prize at the Asian Project Market in 2018.


  • Tuesday 22.11.202210:00MannheimMAStadthaus N1
  • Only a few tickets left!Wednesday 23.11.202210:00HeidelbergHDKarlstorkino
  • Saturday 26.11.202215:30HeidelbergHDKarlstorkino