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Searching for Syria


Liverpool Arab Arts Festival presents five short films and one feature length documentary, offering a glimpse of how Syrians are thinking about life and art in the wake of six years of civil war.

The Art of Moving was winner of the Best Feature Documentary award at the BBC Arabic Festival 2017 and tells the story of ‘Daily Show’ inspired video activist troupe ‘Daya Al-Taesh’, who after receiving threats from ISIS travel to Istanbul with the aim of broadcasting a topical-comedy show. However, obstacles keep arising in an already unstable social climate, pressuring the group to make decisions about the future of their activism and the possibility of grounding stable political engagement.

The selection of short films explore what it means to be away from home in the presence and absence of options and cumulatively reflect on what it means to be Syrian at this particular moment in its history.

Screenings will be followed by a Q&A.


Image credits: Koray Kesik.

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