A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllisterUK / France / Lebanon / Syria76 minutes201514AColourEnglish Arabic French

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A Syrian Love Story traces the relationship of a Palestinian freedom fighter and a Syrian revolutionary, who met as political prisoners, over five years and countless obstacles.

Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When director Sean McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison, leaving Amer to look after their four boys alone; but as the Arab Spring sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over five 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.

Political ConflictEmpathyHuman Rights