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A Syrian Love Story

A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllister, 80 min.


A Syrian Love Story

A love story from the midst of war, about two unusual people who love each other and their country above everything else.

Armer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison twenty years ago, arrested for protesting against al-Assad's brutal regime. When the director Sean McAllister meets the couple in 2009, their love is stronger than ever. But in the five years the film shares with them, Syria is thrown into one of the greatest humanitarian disasters of our time. An intimate and unusually poignant love story from the epicentre of the war, about two people who love each other and their country more than anything else. And who are being torn apart by both. In the media storm of gruesome images from war-torn Syria, it is easy to forget that a few years ago the country was marketed to Western tourists as a holiday paradise. But behind the glossy images, al-Assad was ruling the country with an iron hand, and his barbaric regime has since proven to be without any human inhibitions. Armer and Raghda's history is an important and deeply personal reminder that behind every news item there are people just like ourselves.

Director: Sean McAllister
Original Title: A Syrian Love Story
Year: 2015
Running time: 80 min
Language: English subtitles
Tags: Politiken Audience Award Borderline Politics
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Music: Terence Dunn / Davina Shun (Chellist)
Producer: Elhum Shakerifar, Sean McAllister
Editor: Johnny Burke (Story) / Matt Scholes (Film)
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