Omar Amiralay – A Flood in Baath Country aka Al Toufan (2005)

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A highly controversial and beautifully crafted film on Syria’s dictatorship.
Omar Amiralay’s film about the dictatorship in Syria highlights the devastating effects of 35 years of autocratic Baath party rule on society. Thirty-four years ago, Amiralay was an admirer of the modernisation of his country and even made his first short essay-like documentary in praise of the Baath party’s new-built Euphrates River Dam. Today however, Amiralay regrets the naivety of his youth. Continue reading Omar Amiralay – A Flood in Baath Country aka Al Toufan (2005)

Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid – Aayadina aka Our Hands (1982)

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This is a great little short from the back-catalogue of the 70s-80s Syrian art/experimental scene. It is a nine minute short about hands. Hands, and the things hands do. It’s handsomely edited to some hand-conducted orchestral music… Continue reading Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid – Aayadina aka Our Hands (1982)

Ghannam Ghannam – Fatayat Haerat AKA Bewildered Girls (1981)

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Some university students change their views on sex after hearing a lecture on the blind Syrian philosopher Al-Maarri. He gets his way with one of them after sneaking what I imagine is rufees into one of their drinks which has disastrous consequences. After going to some wild bellydancing parties they are ensnared by a polyester-clad drug-dealer and womanizer/rapist. The victims’ friends plan to avenge her with the help of the local police. Includes numerous musical numbers and belly dancing scenes.
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