Join us for the screening of two short films inspired by true events of the Syrian war. Fireplace (2017) and Orshena (2016) both recount tales of the devastating human consequences of war and give deep intellectual insights into the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning directors Muhammad Bayazid and Samah Safi Bayazid.
Fireplace (12 minutes)
It is Christmas Eve in Syria; a small child plays hide and seek with his dad and picks the most unexpected place to hide in: the fireplace. Within a few seconds, a jet fighter bombards their house to the ground. The fireplace stands still; however, the small child finds himself trapped alone.
Orshena (9 minutes)
Orshena means “Land of Peace” in the ancient Syriac language.
An old man loses his youngest daughter while migrating to Europe on a rubber boat. The accident changes his life forever. He keeps imagining his daughter everywhere he goes, while trying to make peace with himself.