In 2012 Maher and his family fled Syria to get away from the civil war and in 2014 Maher settled down in the small village of Løkken Verk in rural Norway. The energetic and outgoing Maher has adapted remarkably well in his new home, working at the local supermarket and playing trumpet in the village marching band, but he is determined not to let the war get in the way of his life-long ambitions of becoming a pilot. In this charming and inspirational documentary we follow his struggle to make his dream of returning to Syria behind the controls of a Boeing 747 come true.
Festival guest: Øystein Frøyland, director
Øystein Frøyland (Norway) FALLING FORWARD is Frøyland's first feature documentary.