A Tale of Two Syrias # 28

A Tale of Two Syrias

15:15, Friday 14th June, CMB 1&2

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Yasmin Fedda
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 64 mins
  • Country of Production: UK
  • Location: Syria
  • Language: English/Arabic

 

Salem is an Iraqi fashion designer in Damascus. Botrus 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‚Äôs 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."

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