Lana Fahmi is a passionate contemporary dancer. But now living in exile, how can she keep her passion for an art form so intimately connected to her former life in Syria?
WAJD: SONGS OF SEPERATION
Amar Chebib | 2018 | 1 hour 27 minutes
What began for director Amar Chebib as an exploration of Sufi music in pre-revolutionary Syria became over time the story of three artists in exile. Musicians Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamed are forced to flee their homeland of Syria for Turkey and Holland, transforming not only their lives, but also their relationship with the music they play
This difficult but important film documents the stories of women sexually assaulted by regime soldiers and pro-government militias during Syria’s now seven year long uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad. We meet women like Mariam Khlef from the city of Hama, a civil servant turned first aid responder during the uprising. Shortly after her involvement in Hama’s protests, regime forces arrested her, beat her, and used state-sanctioned rape to punish her actions.
Rarely does a film treat the subject of Syrian refugees like Ziad Khaltoum’s unique and artful documentary. The film focuses on Syrian construction workers, building Beirut’s new commercial and residential towers by day, while sleeping in the unfinished basements of their workplace by night. In contemplative scenes, these nameless construction workers look out on a regenerating Beirut while reflecting on the destruction of their homeland mere kilometers away.
November 11, 2018 Doors 05:45 | Screening 06:00pm
ANOTHER NEWS STORY
Orban Wallace | 2017| 1 hour 24 minutes
Surrounded by thousands of refugees, each with their own harrowing and unique story, director Orban Wallace does the unthinkable: he opts to turn the lens on the journalists there to capture the contemporary migration crisis as it unfolds.The question arises if it is possible for those involved to maintain their humanity in these harrowing scenarios, or do these events and their subjects become just another news story? By juxtaposing the lives and experiences of journalists with the harrowing lives of Syrian refugees, Wallace ushers in a wider perspective that turns the lens on news media.