Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 7PM

Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Details: 90 min, Syria/Germany, 2013, Arabic with English subtitles

Filmmaker(s): Talal Derki

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Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary 

Filmmaker Talal Derki will attend via Skype for Q&A moderated by Kathryn Ramey, filmmaker and Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. 

Synopsis: From 2011 to 2013, filmmaker Talal Derki followed the journey of two close friends whose lives had been upended by the battle raging in Syria. Nineteen-year-old Basset is a local soccer star—the goalkeeper for the Syrian national team. He has also become an iconic singer in the revolution. His songs reflect his dreams of a peaceful liberation from Assad’s brutal regime. Ossama is a 24-year-old media activist and pacifist who wields his camera to capture the revolution. When the army cracks down and their beloved city of Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters finally take up arms and transform into rebel insurgents.

With no talking heads or title cards to give us context, Derki’s film is after something much more visceral. Like its heroes, we are pulled into the conflict with frenzied immediacy as we experience one city, the dreaded rites of passage of two friends, and ultimately an entire nation torn apart by the fog of war. [Source: Sundance Film Festival]