Omar Amiralay

Omar Amiralay – Film-muhawalah, an sadd al-furat aka Film-Essay On The Euphrates Dam (1970) (DVD)

Synopsis: This first film by documentary filmmaker Omar Amiralay follows the construction of a dam on the Euphrates river that is supposed to bring tremendous improvement in the lives of villages around it. Read More »

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. Read More »