A screening of Syrian filmmaker Ameer Fakher Eldin’s The Stranger (Al Garib), followed by a live conversation with the filmmaker moderated by Reem Saleh.

In a small village in the occupied Golan Heights, the life of a desperate, unlicensed doctor who is going through an existential crisis, takes another unlucky turn when he encounters a man wounded in the war in Syria. Overturning all community expectations in times of war and national crisis, he ventures forth to meet his newly found destiny.

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Ameer Fakher Eldin

Ameer Fakher Eldin is a Syrian screenwriter and director, born in the former Soviet Union in 1991 to Syrian parents from the occupied Golan Heights. His debut film The Stranger premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival (Giornate Degli Autori), where it won the Edipo Re Award for Best Film and was selected as Palestine’s official entry for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards. The Stranger is intended to be the first installment of a trilogy directed by Ameer Fakher Eldin. His second feature with the provisional title Nothing of Nothing Remains is in development.

Reem Saleh

Reem Saleh studied film at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She began her career as a stage and film actress and worked for 11 years in TV on various aspects of content creation and executive director for TV documentaries for Murr TV Lebanon (MTV), Rotana Enterprise and Jazeera Children’s Channel (now Jeem TV) . She also worked as assistant director on numerous productions, including Assad Fouladkar’s award-winning film When Maryam Spoke Out (2001). Most recently Reem released her first feature independent documentary What Comes Around which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2018 and has been touring the world since. For 7 years Reem worked for the Doha Film Institute, and headed the creative team of the Ajyal Film Festival for 5 years as Deputy director. She often contributes in supporting film organizations including moderating film talks and press conferences for the Berlin Film Festival. For the last few years, Reem worked as External Relations Officer with The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi before joining The Arts Center team at NYUAD as Associate Director of External Relations.