A Syrian Love Story

  • Peter Bradshaw Dec 16, 2015

    "The 50 best films of 2015 in the UK – No 3: A Syrian Love Story"

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  • Timeout Sep 18, 2015

    "An essential act of witnessing; a crucial conduit to understanding”

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  • The Times Sep 18, 2015

    "Sean McAllister’s intimate, achingly poignant documentary couldn’t be more timely."

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  • Guardian Sep 17, 2015

    "Sean McAllister’s doc about a family of Syrian refugees would be compelling at any time. Now it's unmissable"

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  • CineVue Sep 17, 2015

    "A timely and necessary reminder of what Syrian refugees face today"

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  • Financial Times Sep 18, 2015

    "The deeper human truths of this documentary are here to stay"

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  • The Independent Sep 18, 2015

    "Heartbreaking portrait of a marriage unravelling"


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  • Morning Star Sep 18, 2015

    "This heart-wrenching film gives an idea of the human cost of seeking asylum in Western Europe. If this family could live safely in Syria, they would."

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  • Joseph Fahim Oct 14, 2015

    "Perhaps the most remarkable facet of the film is its rawness. The manner in which Amer and Raghda bare their souls in front of the camera was the result of the many months McAllister spent earning the family’s trust."

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  • Jessica Hill Dec 12, 2015

    "McAllister humanises the newspaper headlines about the millions of anonymous Syrians trying to escape their war-torn country."

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  • Peter Debruge Nov 22, 2015

    "An invaluable and ultimately heart-breaking glimpse into current Middle Eastern conflicts."

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  • The Telegraph Sep 25, 2015

    "Can women not be revolutionaries and mothers? Raghda makes no apologies for her commitment to revolution, nor does she overlook her struggle as a parent."

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  • Nabila Pathan Nov 24, 2015

    "A film highlighting a rare glimpse into the intimate and extraordinary lives of a family caught up in the [Syrian] crises' political and personal conflict."

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  • The Hollywood Reporter Aug 6, 2015

    "Remarkable"..."an adroit balance between the personal and the political."

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  • Broadcast Now Jul 29, 2015

    "Sean McAllister’s Sheffield Doc/Fest winner 'A Syrian Love Story' [is] among BBC4’s forthcoming Storyville films."

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  • IndieWire Jun 10, 2015

    "The Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 award winners were announced this morning by British comedian, Jeremy Hardy, including The Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Grand Jury prize: "A Syrian Love Story"."

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  • Tom Grater Nov 24, 2015

    "[A Syrian Love Story] highlight[s] the refugee crisis"

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