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by Sean McAllister


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.

international title: A Syrian Love Story
original title: A Syrian Love Story
country: United Kingdom
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Sean McAllister
film run: 90'
producer: Sean McAllister, Elhum Shakerifar
production: Tenfoot Films


main awards/selection

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015Grand Jury Award
Biografilm Film Festival of Bologna 2015
Jury's Special Mention

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