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Syrian Stories: It’s a wrap!

November 2017

The workshop stage of Hakaya Souria (Syrian Stories) is now complete and the films are coming soon to a film festival near you.

The Syrian Stories programme has trained thirty five Syrian filmmakers in creative documentary, through intensive workshops held in Beirut, Amman and Istanbul which have produced twelve shorts and one portmanteau feature length documentary.

Each of the 12 short documentaries produced during these workshop is distinct, but what they have in common is their ability to surprise and move audiences with otherwise unheard stories told in a highly accessible and creative way, illustrating the strains of exile and the resilience of the human spirit. The films provide an alternative viewpoint and act as a platform through which new and authentic Syrian voices can reach international and regional audiences.

The films have now started their film festival journey with screenings at Sheffield Doc/Fest (2017) and The Arabisches Film Festival in Germany, with many more to come. We hope that these films can help challenge divisive narratives and misconceptions about Syria in the UK and internationally.

A second phase of activity will see the partners continue to mentor and support the  filmmakers, offering them opportunities to participate in further training and providing them with advice and support as they continue to develop their creative practice.

Hakaya Souria (Syrian Stories) is supported by the British Council’s Culture and Development programme – a body of work that supports creative responses to the social and economic needs of communities affected by conflict and crisis, and is a partnership between the British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute and Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts.

For more information on the programme and a behind the scenes film visit the British Council Syria Arts website here