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A Syrian Love Story screening and director Q&A

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The Yellow

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Our first free screening of 2019 is of award-winning documentary A Syrian Love Story. We are very pleased that the director, Sean McAllister, will be joining us for a Q&A. The event will be chaired by award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Ramita Navai.

Nineteen years ago, Amer and Raghda were placed in neighbouring prison cells where they secretly made a tiny hole in the wall to communicate with each other. During the months of captivity, the strangers fell deeply in love and when they were released, Amer and Raghda got married and started a family together.

When McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over 5 years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

Known for his unique and intimate portraits, director Sean McAllister received the Grand Jury prize at the 2015 Sheffield Documentary Festival for the sensitive portrait of a relationship and love.

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Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004) and Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) to his more recent successes, The Reluctant Revolutionary and Sheffield Jury Prize winning, BAFTA nominated A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences. In 2017, Sean was director of the opening ceremony of the Hull City of Culture – setting the year off with record audiences: 1.5 times the city’s population attended the opening week events.


Ramita Navai is an award-winning journalist, documentary producer and author. She is the former Tehran correspondent for The Times, has reported from over 40 countries and has made 20 documentaries for Channel 4’s Unreported World. Her PBS Frontline documentary Syria Uncovered won an Emmy award in 2012. Her documentary Iraq Uncovered won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award as well as the British Journalism Award. Her latest documentary is the UN Sex Abuse Scandal.

Ramita’s first book City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran won Debut Political Book of the Year and was awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Prize for non-fiction. She is contributing author to Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East.



This event is part of a yearlong programme of film screenings and talks taking place in Wembley Park. For more information contact us at info@karakoramfilms.com.

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