Amer, 45, met Raghda, 40, in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. He first saw her bloodied face after a beating when she was placed in a neighboring cell. Over months they communicated through a tiny hole they’d secretly made in the wall. They fell in love and when released got married and started a family together. A Syrian Love Story tells the poignant story of their family torn apart by the tyrannical Assad dictatorship. A recent prize winner at Sheffield DocFest, Sean McAllister’s is a powerful and moving observation of intimacy and exile.
“★★★★★ This unmissable documentary uncovers the heartbreaking story of a couple whose relationship disintegrates as they flee the horrors of Syria.” The Guardian
“★★★★★ […] the deeper human truths of this documentary are here to stay.” Financial Times
“★★★★ Heartbreaking portrait of a marriage unravelling.” The Independent
“★★★★ Sean McAllister’s intimate, achingly poignant documentary couldn’t be more timely.” The Times
“Strong powerful film… conveys much more than any fiction could.” BBC Front Row
We are pleased to welcome director Sean McAllister for a post-screening Q&A.