#Palestinian #Syrian musician Aeham Ahmad rose to prominence singing songs of peace in the rubble of Palestinian refugee camp #Yarmouk, on the outskirts of #Damascus.
Surrounded by war, starvation and mass displacement, he wheeled out his piano onto the streets of his beloved hometown and performed beautiful songs to bring hope and solace to those remaining in Yarmouk and in Syria - particularly the children who would join him in his message to the world.
After many months of the siege of Yarmouk, fighters invaded and destroyed his piano and, fearing for his and his family’s lives, he finally fled – first to Turkey and then to Germany.
Last year London-based activist Vikram Ahluwalia made contact with Aeham, with a plan for a collaborative music project. However, after fighters invaded and destroyed Aeham’s piano and, fearing for his and his family’s lives, he finally fled – first to Turkey and then to Germany.
With no previous filmmaking experience, Vikram decided to travel to Germany and make a short documentary about Aeham’s life in Syria and journey to Europe: “I wanted to tell the story of refugees, through the story of one”.
In this talk, Vikram discusses producing a film with no budget or prior experience, problems encountered along the way, and what we can all do to advocate for humane treatment of people fleeing war.
Free to attend.