Wake Up on Mars 

by Dea Gjinovci

A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious Resignation Syndrome that has put his sisters in a coma. His tight-knit family is trying to rebuild a normal life far from their native Kosovo where they were victims of persecution. While their entire future hangs in the balance of a pending asylum request, the little boy dreams of building a spaceship to leave it all behind. 


«Wake Up on Mars» or «Réveil sur Mars» in French, is produced by Dea GjinovciMélisande Films and Alva Film in association with Amok Films.


It is co-produced by la Radio Télévision Suisse in association with France Télévisions. Wake Up on Mars is supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, le CNC, la Procirep Angoa, la loterie Romande, l'OFC, Cinéforom, le fonds de production télévisuel, la fondation UBS, la fondation Ford / Just Films, le Doha Film Institute, XTR, Women Makes Movies and the Perspective Fund.


Dea Gjinovci participated in the 2019 Sundance Talent Forum and 2019 Film Independent Documentary Lab with Wake Up on Mars.


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Awards and selections

World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2020 and European premiere at Visions du Réel 2020. Special Mention "Best New Talent" at Biografilm Film Festival 2020.

Selected at Underhill Film Fest 2020.

Impact Day pitch prize at FIFDH 2019.

Pitching award "Perspectives d'un doc" at Visions du réel 2018.


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