Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over 5 years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.
Known for his unique and intimate portraits, maverick director Sean McAllister (Liberace of Baghdad) received three nominations for Best Documentary at:
A Syrian Love Story won the Grand Jury prize at this year's Sheffield Documentary Festival for this “Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.
A Syrian Love Story also won the Jury Prize at Watch Dogs, jurours writing,
"In “A Syrian Love Story” Sean McAllister accompanies a family through times of upheaval, war and exile and allows us to closely follow their deeply touching journey through love, fear, loss and ultimately alienation."
The film was given a Special Jury Mention at Flahertiana
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