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A Syrian Love Story

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This intimate, essential doc captures the experiences of a single family battered by truly daunting circumstances.

Time Out

Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom in the West.

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 struggle to keep their family together, as the tyrannical Assad dictatorship forces them to flee to France to gain political asylum, only to lead to a war between the lovers as their relationship begins to fall apart. 

An intimate family portrait that helps us to understand why people are literally dying for change in the Arab world.

The film will be preceded by the artist short film: 9 Days – From My Window In Aleppo, directed by Syrian Issa Touma with Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege.

Join us after the screening for a Skype Q&A with A Syrian Love Story director Sean McAllister. Please note that due to unforseen circumstances Sean McAllister will be unable to be here in person as originally advertised.

Part of Gimme Shelter, a season looking into Climate Change and its impact on Migration and the Refugee Crisis. Click here to find out more.


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Director(s): Sean McAllister   Country of Origin: United Kingdom, France, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic Language(s): (subtitles in English) 
Year: 2015   Running Time: 1hr 16 mins  
BBFC Advice: 12A Parental supervision required for children under 12.  

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