Everyday Life in a Syrian Village
Omar Amiralay / SY, 1976 / 80 min.
Documentary maker Omar Amiralay has always been a major critic of the agricultural and land reforms of his government. He shows in this milestone of Arab cinema how the lives of villagers on the banks of the Euphrates has been disrupted by the building of a dam. The government has simply turned its back on them. With introduction by Wael Kadlo.
Al hayatt al yawmiyah fi quariah suriyah
Arabic, French, English
Landscape is a charged notion in the Middle East.* On the one hand, representations of landscape engage with a heady mix of national and natural borders, tussles over resources and territory, and (colonial) history. On the other hand, it is a rich source of identity, tradition and imagination.