The Strangers’ Case

Over four centuries ago, William Shakespeare collaborated with others on a play about the historical figure Sir Thomas More. In it, he wrote a speech in which More passionately articulates a defence of refugees, culminating in a poignant reference to their plight. Fast-forward to the present: Aleppo, in the midst of the Syrian civil war. Amira, a paediatric surgeon, performs a life-saving operation during the darkest days of the conflict. Through an unexpected twist of fate, she and her daughter become central characters in a dangerous tale that intricately interweaves the lives of five families spanning four continents and redefines all of their existences. Versions of this story continue to repeat themselves over the centuries. For this reason, Shakespeare aptly named this plight “The Strangers’ Case”.
by Brandt Andersen
with Yasmine Al Massri, Yahya Mahayni, Omar Sy, Ziad Bakri, Constantine Markoulakis
Jordan 2024 Arabic, English, Greek, Subtitles: English, German 97' 4K DCP World premiere | Debut film


  • Yasmine Al Massri (Amira)
  • Yahya Mahayni (Mustafa)
  • Omar Sy (Marwan)
  • Ziad Bakri (Fathi)
  • Constantine Markoulakis (Stavros)
  • Jason Beghe (Dr. Kroft)
  • Ayman Samman (Shaheen)
  • Massa Daoud (Rasha)


DirectorBrandt Andersen
ScreenplayBrandt Andersen
CinematographyJonathan Sela
EditingJeff Seibeneck
MusicNick Chuba
Sound DesignAris Louziotis
SoundRawad Hobeika
Production DesignJulie Berghoff
CostumesHamada Atallah
Make-UpFarah Jadaan
CastingMona Shehabi
ProducersBrandt Andersen, Ossama Bawardi, Ryan Busse, Charlie Endean
Executive ProducersTheresa Preston-Werner, Dina Prior, Duff Rich, Chad Stahelski, Louise Rosner

Produced by

Philistine Films

Amman, Jordan

World Sales

Mister Smith Entertainment

London, United Kingdom

Brandt Andersen

The activist and artist has already produced over 30 films. His directorial debut Refugee was short-listed for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short in the 2020 Academy Awards. In 2019, he visited and filmed in hospitals outside Aleppo in Syria with CanDo. He has also organised film camps for refugees in Jordan and Turkey on behalf of CARE and has visited and filmed conditions in refugee camps in Jordan, Greece, Italy and Turkey with the UNHCR. In November 2023, he joined the Jordanian Airforce on humanitarian aid drops over Gaza.


2020 Refugee; short film 2024 The Strangers’ Case

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