Celebrating Syria/ A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

An intimate portrait of Syrian actor Fares Helou, who calls for freedom of speech, is forced out of his home country and experiences the absurdities of exiled existence.

Fares’ life changed radically when he joined the people in the streets of Damascus calling for the fall of the Syrian regime. He immediately had to go underground, and director Rami Farah joined him in hiding with a camera. When Fares flees from Syria to France, Farah follows him. However, neither actor nor director has a script for this new chapter in their lives: exile. A chapter full of questions, disappointments and alienation, but also of cultural confusion that calls for laughter.

Presented as part of Celebrating Syria: A Festival of Arts and Culture.

We are committed to making Celebrating Syria accessible to everyone. For each ticketed event, three different prices are available, following the ‘solidarity economy’ approach. The highest price is intended for high waged, the middle price for medium and low waged and the lowest price (always £1) for unwaged. This means you can choose the price that suits you. By choosing a higher price, if you can afford it, you are supporting the festival and enabling lower earners to attend festival events. We base our ticketing structure on trust, so no evidence of income is required.

As usual, asylum seekers can attend all events for free. If you require free tickets for this screening, please contact info@rrsoc.org or on 0161 222 9779.

120 minutes

Arabic and French

Full English

Country of origin:

Year of production: