Synopsis: One afternoon, on a typical day at work, Adib is confronted with devastating news: His eldest daughter, Muna, has gone missing in Damascus. Now Adib, who has not been back in over 20 years, must return to Syria and deal with his secret past in order to find her. Inescapable is a thriller about a father's desperate search for his daughter and the chaos of the Middle East he left behind.
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Ruba Nadda
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Hey. You need some help


- May I?

- Uh, yeah.


Misspent youth.

Well, he's pissed

that she's a lot smarter than he is.

- Peter!

- Oh, thank God, I caught you!

You didn't hear that from me, though.

- Is everything alright?

- Muna's missing in Damascus.

Excuse me?

I think Muna's gone

missing in Damascus.

I don't understand...

I thought she was in Greece,

I talked to you yesterday.

You said she was on a flight

over from Athens.

She didn't want you to know.

When did you find out she was missing?

About an hour ago

when she wasn't on the plane.

- When was the last time you spoke to her?

- Two days ago, 7 a. m.

- Our time or theirs?

- I'm sorry?

- 7 a. m., our time or theirs?!

- Ours, ours.

- What's she doing there?

- She was doing an assignment in Greece...

- No, what made her go to Damascus?!

Keep up! - To see where you were from.

- I mean, it was so close.

- Christ...

- How... did she get a visa so quickly?

- I don't know.

- Did she take her cellphone?

- Yes.

- And?

- It's off.

- Does anyone else know?

- No, no, no, I came straight here.

- How long has she been there?

- Six days now.

Six days...


I want you to go home and email me

her hotel information

and everything else you have.

Don't do anything else.

Do you understand me?


You did the right thing.

I'll take care of this.


- Hey, hey.

- Uh-huh...

You're late.

Oh, it's been a super tough day.

- You got glasses.

- I finally did it.

They make me feel old.

You look beautiful. Hmm!

Deceptively intellectual.

Hmm! I was thinking of ordering in.

Oh, that's good. Yeah, terrific.

- Thai?

- Sure.

- Leila home?

- In your office.

Hey, Dad.

What's wrong?

How many times have I told you

that Syria is a dangerous country?

Muna? Sorry I didn't tell you.

- I just...

- When was the last time you spoke to her?

A week ago.

What were you two thinking?!

She wanted to see where you came from.

I mean, you never talk about it,

and we've always been curious.

She lied to us. You both did.

Now get out, I need to do some work.


Don't talk to your mom about this

for the time being.

- Greece is beautiful.

- I just finished shooting here.

It'll go really nicely with the

photos I took outside Haifa.

I miss you guys.

Just a couple more sites

and I'll be on my way home.

I love you.

Oh, and Dad, I hope you're reading

that book I got you.

One of these days, you'll be able

to beat me at chess.

Hey. You haven't been to bed.

Are you okay?


Relax, relax.

Keep driving, please. I can't be late.

Get into the next lane.

Into the next lane!

Go, in front!

You give my condolences to Fatima.

Your Arabic...

is terrible.

It's been a while.

Thank you for back there.

You can thank my husband.

He was a decorated major.

The border official who got you in

was an old colleague.

I'm surprised he was willing to do it.

He doesn't know who you are.

He asked me to send you his condolences.

My husband is dead 10 months.

Heart attack. Hassan.


I'm sorry to hear that.

I liked Hassan.

Your hair is different.

- You have a daughter.

- Two, actually.

Muna and Leila.

Twenty years, no word from you!

Nothing to tell me you survived!

I survived.

I can see that.

Alright, I got you to Damascus.

You're welcome.

There's a bus that comes every 30 minutes,

it will take you directly into the city.

Good luck.

- Goodbye.

- Fatima, please...

I was never sure if you were alive!

All these years!

- I knew nothing!

- I emigrated to Canada!

I live in Toronto!


Muna, my eldest, she's a photographer.

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Ruba Nadda

Ruba Nadda (born 6 December 1972) is a Canadian film director. She made several award-winning short films, including Lost Woman Story, Interstate Love Story, So Far Gone and Damascus Nights before writing and directing features I Always Come to You, Unsettled and Sabah. Her movie Cairo Time won the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was Best Reviewed Romance on Rotten Tomatoes for 2010. She is known for shooting feature films in very short time spans. more…

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