A Syrian Love Story (12A) + Panel Discussion
In partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group Refugee Week
Filmed over five years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other. Amer, 45, met Raghda, 40, in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. He first saw her bloodied face after a beating when she was placed in a neighbouring cell. Over months they communicated through a tiny hole they’d secretly made in the wall. They fell in love and when released got married and started a family together. This film tells the poignant story of their family torn apart by the tyrannical Assad dictatorship. “Many waves take me to strange places,” says Raghda, “but inside me still, I have this hope… for humanity, for freedom, for my country.”
After the screening there will be a round table discussion on the current issues regarding refugees and migrants.
UK-France-Lebanon-Syria – in Arabic and French with subtitles – directed by Sean McAllister – produced by Elhum Shakerifar – 76 min
This is a profoundly moving account of two love stories: that between the film’s central couple, Amer and Raghda, who are torn apart by imprisonment and exile; the other being their love for Syria – THE GUARDIAN
Another remarkable chapter in the English director’s journalistic forays into the Middle East’s hottest hot spots – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER