A Syrian Love Story

Toldi
Nov 10, 19:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Toldi
Nov 11, 18:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Kino
Nov 14, 18:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Művész
Nov 15, 18:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Opening Film
Screening the Refugee Crisis
Sean McAllister
2015
UK
76min
English
Fest’s Grand Jury Award, Sheffield Doc, 2015.

Amer met Raghda in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. They communicated for many months through a tiny hole they secretly made in the wall. They fell in love and when released got married and started a family together. Filming began in Syria in 2009, prior to wave of changes in the Arab world – at the time, Raghda was a political prisoner and Amer was caring for their young children alone. As Raghda is released from prison, filmmaker Sean McAllister himself is arrested for filming and the political pressure around all activists intensifies. The family flees to Lebanon, and then to France. They are given political asylum in the sleepy town of Albi where they now watch the revolution from afar, waiting for Assad to fall. However, in exile, Raghda’s mental health suffers. In finding the freedom they fought so hard for, the family is beginning to fall apart.

Producer: 
Elhum Shakerifar, Sean McAllister
Editor: 
Matt Scholes
Music: 
Le Trio Joubran
Distribution info: 
Ten Foot Films elhum@seanmcallister.com www.seanmcallister.com