Talks and screenings
“Syria Differently” – The third Syrian narrative.
With the picture of the Syrian struggle being blurred and the focus being shifted to Islamic extremism only, it is important to bring back to the scene the increasingly neglected aspects of the Syrian ‘conflict’. “Syria Differently” provides an alternative image of Syria and the Syrian ‘conflict’ with thematic interest in the daily lives of ordinary civilians and their experience of the destruction of their country.
18:00 We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear (43 mins)
19:00 Panel with Ziad Majed and Maren Næss Olsen (55 mins)
20:00 The Immortal Sergeant (73 mins)
21:30 False Alarm (58 mins)
We Cannot Go There Now, My Dear
A documentary film by Carol Mansour (2014)
Palestinian refugees living in Syria have been severely affected by the war. Thousands have fled Syria seeking refuge in Lebanon becoming double-refugees. It is the second or even third time that they lose everything and find themselves once more homeless and stateless.
This film tells part of their story; where memories are awakened between one exodus and the other, while loss invades everything striking the very self. A story where lives are continuously being rebuilt and improvised awaiting the return.
Panel with Ziad Majed and Maren Næss Olsen:
Covering Syria: images, terminology, and the role of Media
A discussion about how most Media outlets covered Syria in the last three years, and how this coverage influenced the emotions and the political stances of large segments of the public opinion in different western countries.
Ziad Majed is an Associate Professor at the American University of Paris, teaching Middle East studies and writing on Lebanese, Syrian and Arab affairs as well as on political Islam, political transitions and crises.
The Immortal Sergeant
A documentary film by Ziad Kalthoum (2014)
After he completed his mandatory military service, the filmmaker was held in retention as the revolution unfurled in his country. His military rank was that of a sergeant. During these times, he would go back to his home, located in the middle of Damascus city, take off his military uniform and return to his normal life, working as an assistant director with the filmmaker Mohammed Malas. To make sense of this schizophrenic situation, he decides to take his camera and start shooting a ‘making-of’ that will eventually go beyond Malas’ film.
A documentary film by Firas Zbib (2014)
It is a documentary about revolution, exile, death, hope, victory and defeat. Told by young Syrians, filming each other’s journeys and holding on to their cameras like they were the only proof of existence, it is a story about a country that has become unrecognizable to its own inhabitants.
The documentary follows them through the laughter and the tears, until it is no longer clear whether they are happy to have found their freedom or sad that the revolution no longer resembles them. www.falsealarm-movie.com
Hamisch – The Syrian Cultural House in Istanbul