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Searching for Syria

Saturday 27 January, 6.15pm, Bluecoat - School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BX

Followed by a Q&A with Director of 'The Art of Moving' Liliana Dulce Marinho de Sousa 

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Join us as we present four short films and one feature length documentary from the BBC Arabic Festival, offering a glimpse of how Syrians are thinking about life and art in the wake of six years of civil war.

The film programme includes:

Yaman – Syria, 5’, directed by Amer Albarzawi. Yaman is a young inventor. His imagination helps him survive, but life outside the world of his creation is harsh. 

Fate; Wherever It Takes UsJordan, 8'; directed by Kadar Fayyad. In this self-reflective video, using found footage montage and bitter-sweet poetic descriptions, Kadar narrates her own experience migrating from Syrian to Jordan.

Searching for Abbas KiarostamiSyria, 12', directed by Mohammad & Ahmad Malas. A Syrian man carries a large photo of the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami and wanders in the streets of Paris to ask the passers-by for the director’s address. He wants Kiarostami to talk about the revolution to the Syrian government. He heads to the Iranian embassy, subways and coffee shops but gets no answer.

Mare Nostrum – France, 14’, co-directed by Anas Khalaf and Rana Kazkaz. This award-winning short film imagines a father's preparations after he makes the decision to put his daughter’s life at risk.

The Art of Moving— Germany88'; Arabic with English subtitles, non-fiction. A group of Syrian video activists, living in south-eastern Turkey, is threatened  for their anti-Isis comedy sketches. They relocate together to Istanbul with a plan to set up a new satirical TV show, but unexpected events force the group to decide, one by one, if they can continue. Winner, Best Non-Fiction Feature, BBC Arabic Festival.