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Canada202183 minArabic, French, English with English subtitlesDocumentary, Experimental, Women Filmmakers
Directed by Émilie Serri, Damascus Dreams is a reflexive documentary essay presented in a series of sections framed by voiceovers of Serri and her father. The film explores and interrogates the fraught notions of dreams, and memories of “home,” moving loosely through old video footage of the family home in Syria, interviews with Syrians who had to leave or flee because of the civil war, conversations between Serri and her father, and poetic, dreamlike sequences. Serri gathers these stories and memories to hold against her own questions about a homeland she does not have access to—and one her father cannot return to.
To dream of home in Damascus Dreams is to grapple with grief. These collected reflections on yearning and loss become assemblage, a mingled presentation of impressions and emotions from a community with connections to a shared homeland, who express vastly different relationships to their experiences and memories.
- Jasmine Gui
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2021
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2021
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2021
Born in Montreal, of Belgian Syrian origin, Émilie Serri is a filmmaker, songwriter, and visual artist. Her recent work focuses on the performance potential of archives and the cinematographic spaces that allow them to be activated.
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16 Nov. 4:30 pm
In this artist talk, Golboo Amani introduces us to her body of work, which often addresses and challenges the formal conditions of knowledge production and invites us to consider the power of alternate sites of pedagogy in creating collective agency and community building.
12 Nov. 5:00 pm
In the electrifying lead-up to the multi-city Aurat March (Women’s March) in Pakistan, director Anam Abbas follows grassroots organizers as they navigate a deeply surveilled and violent environment to assert a growing, nation-wide feminist movement. Negotiating freedoms with fearful relatives and dodging constant scrutiny, activists move with unbreakable commitment to galvanizing their communities with a radical feminist agenda.
10 Nov. - 19 Nov.