World records Journal in their latest volume address the questions "How do generations engage in political struggle together, even as their horizons diverge?"
and they published several articles that reflect on the Syrian cinema.
Nicolas Appelt writes an article "Bidayyat \ Intimate Exile"
As part of the colloquium "Creations proof of exile of war" at Université Sorbonne, Camille Leprince will present an analysis of the Syrian film On the edge of life by Yaser Kassab and Rima Alhamedd, the/ panel Genres, shapes, spaces from 11:45 to 1.15 p.m.
The Seminar will be streamed online:
Poster signed Misha Zavalny, No Enter Zone.
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Photography exhebition at Oslo City Campaign, Berlin City Campaign
FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL
ON THE EDGE OF LIFE – Prix du jury
de Yasser Kassab (Syrie, 2017, documentaire, 44 minutes)
Rima and Yasser fled Syria. They are in Beirut, then somewhere in Turkey, as prisoners of an indefinite no man’s land. Yaser Kassab films his companion Rima, the soulless decor where they found refuge, the moon, the pupil full in an eye of black clouds. And everywhere resonate the words of loved ones left in Syria, the guilt of not being there to survive or die with them.
"On the edge of life" as a Best documentary and Best mid-length documentary at Tirana Film Festival
"A heart-rending personal essay on grief and uprooting, on the limbo states of existence"
"On the edge of life" best -mid-length documentary at Festival dei Popoli
"Both lyrical and personal, this film relates an urgent and all-too-common experience today employing a unique cinematic language which creates an important space for contemplation. A story of survival in a contemporary moment of uncertainty, the film gathers textures and images which attest to displacement and struggle but also their representation. Generous, open, subtle and filled with unsuspecting poetry, this film demonstrates how art, cinema and human connection are integral to existence in dire circumstances."
European Foundation Joris Ivens jury's motivation for the award as a best first film in the 39th edition of cinema du reel film festival.
Yaser Kassab transcend the process of mourning, developing a particular cinematic treatment of space, both internal and external.
Chasing the dazzling light
مطاردة الضوء المبهر
Duration: 63 min documentary
Director Yaser Kassab followed in his father’s footsteps by emigrating as a young man from Syria to Europe, and like his father he also had the ambition to become a filmmaker. Now they are working together on this film remotely. From Syria, the father gives his son direction on the phone or in video calls, along with advice about future film projects or how to organise his life—loving conversations interspersed with well- intentioned parental advice.
This at times leads to amusing or uncomfortable scenes, while the film creates a beautiful portrait of a father in absence—a man who can't be with his son, like so many Syrians who are separated from their offspring, whether by distance or death. Father and son live with a certain loneliness; for the refugee filmmaker, this arises from his attempts to build a new life with his wife within the confines of Sweden’s stricter new immigration laws.
World Premiere: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival IDFA.
The Best First Feature documentary at IDFA
I have seen nothing, I have seen all
لم أر شيئاً، رأيت كل شيئ
Duration: 19 min documentary
On The Edge Of Life
على حافة الحياة