A film-conversation between the writer Samar Yazbek and filmmaker Rania Stephan, questioning the relationship between language and cinema as tools to represent the realities of war and violence.
Speaking from Yazbek's home in exile in France, audiences witness the limits and possibilities of words to express and subvert violence of such magnitude.
Ten years in the making, the film unfolds through vignettes and snippets of dialogue. The result is a poignant reflection on violence and representation, as well as our capacity to listen, interpret and understand.
In Arabic with English subtitles.
Co-director Rania Stephan will participate in a post-screening Q&A.
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Bidayyat [Beginnings] in Syrian Revolutionary Non-fiction: Three revolutionary nonfiction Syrian films from Beirut-based production hub Bidayyat, each followed by post-screening discussions with the filmmakers.
This series is copresented by World Records and the Toronto Arab Film Festival.
Supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute’s Program for the Arts and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.
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