A conversation with influential Syrian filmmaker Mohamad Malas and Abu Dhabi filmmaker Nezar Andary, accompanied by three films by and about him that provoke audiences to contemplate loss, memory, and home.

This ongoing series showcases groundbreaking films alongside discussions with the filmmakers and faculty. Each set of screenings will be available for on-demand viewing on our website, followed by a conversation with the creatives behind the films.

Before the conversation, we invite you to watch:

  • The Night (al-Leil) – Directed by Mohamad Malas

The son of a dead resistance fighter for Palestine tries to restore his father’s history and exorcise the feeling of shame and humiliation that accompanied the image of his father and his town, occupied by Israelis.

  • Passion (Bab el Maqam) – Directed by Mohamad Malas

Set against the backdrop of the 2003 Syrian elections, Iman strives to become a singer amidst suspicion and mistrust among her family members.

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  • Unlocking Doors of Cinema – Directed by Nezar Andary

A feature documentary exploring the fifty years of artistic contribution of the daring Syrian auteur Muhammad Malas. Malas, an exile from his home town of Quneitra, provokes audiences to contemplate loss, memory, and home.

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