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The Cinema of Omar Amiralay

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London

A programme featuring Amiralay’s most iconic short and feature length films (1970-2003)

1960’s Syria saw the introduction of modernist and auteur cinema. This was largely thanks to the innovation of Omar Amiralay, now widely considered the godfather of Arab non-fiction film. Amiralay was born in Damascus in 1944. Amiralay studied in Paris at Theatre de la Ville between 1966-7 and later at La Femis before returning to Syria in 1970. He thus had a different artistic formation from the majority of Syrian film-makers, who studied in the Soviet Union or in Eastern Europe.

As a backdrop to our film programme, we invite you to join us for this day-long event, ticketed on a pay-as-you-can basis. The programme will include Amiralay’s most iconic short and feature length films, spanning from 1970 – 2003.

The films will be a combination of digital file projections and web streams.

Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam | 15′ | 1970

Everyday Life in a Syrian Village | 82′ |1974

The Chickens | 42′ | 1977

On a Day of Ordinary Violence, My Friend Michel Seurat… | 50′ | 1996

There Are So Many Things Left To Say | 50′ | 1997

A Plate of Sardines | 18′ | 1997

A Flood in Baath Country | 48′ | 2003

Tickets available here

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