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Galway UNESCO City of Film screening of ‘A Syrian Love Story’ with Director Sean McAllister in attendance

When: 8pm, Thursday January 14th
Where: An Taibhdhearc, Galway City
Ticket: €5. 50 (includes restoration charge)
Booking through An Taibhdhearc website.

A poignant award winning film that follows a family torn apart by the Assad regime
‘One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around’ – Michael Moore
‘Remarkable’ – The Hollywood Reporter

Galway City of Film are delighted to present this award-winning film on Thursday January 14th, with director, Sean McAllister in attendance. The film received the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival for this “Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.

Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell, both jailed for crimes against the state, initially communicating through a hole in the wall. They fell in love, and, when they were released, they got married and started a family. Acclaimed filmmaker Sean McAllister enters their life prior to the wave of resistance that became known as the Arab Spring, when Raghda was back to prison and Amer is taking care of their young children. He visited them frequently over five tumultuous years. A Syrian Love Story is an emotive depiction of a couple whose noble fight for freedom both defines and dictates the course of their relationship.

Biografilm Festival 2015 gave a special mention to “the courage and tenacity to tell, with a direct language and without filters, a story of love and war by bringing us in the daily life of a family distorted by idealism and violence.”

Other films by the maverick director include Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad, Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), and‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘.

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