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by Mohamed Malas


Ghalia is inhabited by the soul of Zeina, a girl who drowned the day she was born. Haunted by Zeina's past life, Ghalia travels to Damascus to study acting and understand her present condition. She meets Fouad an aspiring filmmaker who becomes fascinated by Ghalia's duality. He takes her under his wing and helps her find a place to live in a Damascene house, now converted into a dorm inhabited by young Syrians from different regions. Within the confines of the house and its ancient courtyard, Fouad's love for Ghalia and Zeina blossoms while the tumultuous events in Syria start unfolding in the streets around them gradually encroaches on their idyllic isolation.

international title: Ladder to Damascus
original title: Soullam ila Dimashq
country: Syria, Lebanon, Qatar
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Mohamed Malas
film run: 95'
screenplay: Mohamad Malas, Samer Mohamed Ismail
cast: Najla el Wa'za, Lara Saade, Bilal Martini, Gianna Aanid, Mohamad Zarzour, Naoaur Yousef, Hussein Marii
cinematography by: Joude Gorani
film editing: Ayhan Ergürsel
art director: Ali Al Chaykh, Naser Jalili
music: Charbel Haber
producer: Georges Schoucair
production: Abbout Productions, The Doha Film Institute, Mille et Une Productions
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