SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

A Tale of Two Syrias, Yasmin Fedda, 2012, 64 mins. Followed by Q&A session with director.

Yasmin Fedda

Date: 14 January 2015Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 14 January 2015Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Salem is an Iraqi fashion designer in Damascus. Botrous lives a remote existence in a hillside monastery. This documentary offers a unique perspective on what the dream of freedom means to two very different people in the face of a brutal regime, offering a vital snapshot of life in the year before Syria’s uprising. Director Yasmin Fedda said, "On one of my regular visits to Damascus, my grandmother took me to the monastery at Mar Musa where I met Botrous. I became fascinated by his story and his community. I then met Salem who was struggling as a refugee in the city. Their contrasting lives and their willingness to talk on camera gave me the perfect opportunity to document their experiences of life in Syria."

Organiser: Mahnaz Marashi

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