The San Diego Arab Film Festival is a project of KARAMA

Queens of Syria

 

 

 

 

 

Title in English:  Queens of Syria

Director:  Yasmin Fedda

Country:  Jordan, UAE, UK

Year:  2014

Duration:  70 Minutes

Languages:  Arabic with English Subtitles

Awards:  Documentary Film Competition, Best Director from the Arab World, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014; Nominated, Black Pearl Award, Best Documentary Feaature, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014

 

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy about the plight of women in war.
What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War.

 

Made of Clay

 

 

 

 

 

Title in English:  Made of Clay

Director:  Fayssal bin Salhi

Country:  UAE

Year:  2015

Duration:  10 Minutes

Languages:  Arabic with English Subtitles

 

Made of Clay” is the story of Ahmed, a passionate young stop-motion artist. Ahmed wants to pursue his dream, but finds it difficult to do so because of his father’s views on his art. In an attempt to gain his father’s acceptance, Ahmed unravels the truth behind his dissatisfaction. What Ahmed could not have foreseen is that in uncovering his father’s past, he learns something about his own future.

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