SYRIAN STORIES

2017, 100 minutes

 

What is it like to be in exile in a country that borders home?

This documentary anthology, produced in workshops held in Beirut, Amman and Istanbul in 2017, reflects the diverse experiences of Syrian people displaced by the conflict.

In a cinematic journey through different geographic and emotional landscapes we see how, in the words of Syrian author Yassin al-Haj Saleh, “the personal has become public and political… The public and political has become personal”.

To get a copy of your chosen film, please contact Eve Korzec from the Scottish Documentary Institute  at eve@scottishdocinstitute.com Please cite ‘Moving Worlds, special Refugee Week‘ package in your email so you can pay the discounted screening fee £50. Don’t forget to check out the complementary post-screening resources to help navigate public conversations.

SCREENINGS

WORLD PREMIERE – British Council Screening in Amman, 2018

POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION QUESTIONS

  1. Documentaries have an important role in times of crisis as they facilitate understanding and inspire empathy. In what way do the filmic stories humanise experiences of forced displacement?
  2. How does the film allow us to engage with the real lived experiences of forced displacement and move away from stereotypical representations of asylum seekers and refugees as found in the media and contemporary political debates?
  3. What is the role of the photo-journalist in documenting war and crisis? How reliable are media representations as ‘authentic’ sources of information?
  4. What does the combination of first-person storytelling and lived experience as testimony achieve?

 

RESOURCES

The Jordan Times – Series of documentaries sheds light on Syrian’s individual stories

British Council – Syrian Stories