A SYRIAN LOVE STORY

By Sean MCALLISTER

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Documentary - Completed 2015

Filmed over 5 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.

Festivals
& Awards

SHEFFIELD 2015
Grand Jury Award
BIOGRAFILM 2015
Special Mention
Zurich FF 2015
CPH 2015
FIFDH Geneva 2016
Special Jury Award
One World IFF 2016
Grand Jury Award
Millenium 2016
Objective d’Or & Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 76 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Sean MCALLISTER
    • Producer(s)
    • Elhum SHAKERIFAR (10Ft Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Amer met Ragda, when both were locked up in a Syrian jail for speaking out against an oppressive regime. Twenty years and four sons later, filmmaker Sean McAllister comes into their lives, as Amer is waiting for Ragda, who has once again been imprisoned. When she is unexpectedly released, the family is overjoyed - they need her, particularly three year-old Bob. McAllister and his subjects' lives become irrevocably intertwined when McAllister himself is jailed, and footage of the family is confiscated. Amer and Ragda must flee overnight to Lebanon, with nothing but their children. McAllister follows their story over five turbulent years, as they struggle to find their feet as refugees; Ragda in particular can't bear to be away from Syria in its hour of greatest need. As they watch Syria descend into chaos, they struggle to repair their troubled relationship. A powerful, moving story of family and exile from one of the UK's most talented independent filmmakers.
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