“A Tale of Two Syrias” by Yasmin Fedda (Director & Actor in Attendance)

Monastery at Mar Musa, "A Tale of Two Syrias"
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (b/w Broad and Broadway), Lower Manhattan
Admission: Tickets: $10 (general), $5 for Alwan members, seniors and students

A TALE OF TWO SYRIAS by Yasmin Fedda
2012, 64 mins, UK /Syria
(Arabic and English dialogue with English Subtitles)



Salem is an Iraqi fashion designer in Damascus. Botrus lives a remote existence in a hillside monastery. This consistently insightful and unexpected documentary offers a unique perspective on what the dream of freedom means to two very different people in the face of a brutal regime, creating a vital snapshot of life in the year before Syria’s uprising.

Screening followed by a discussion with Director Yasmin Fedda

(Doors Open at 6:30pm)


About the Director

Yasmin Fedda is an award winning documentary filmmaker who has been BAFTA nominated and screened at Sundance. Her work includes: Breadmakers (Cadies Productions, UK, 2007) about a bakery run by adults with learning difficulties. This film has screened at over 50 international film festivals including Sundance and won multiple awards including the Black Pearl Award (Best Short Documentary – Abu Dhabi Film Festival), and a BAFTA nomination. A Tale of Two Syrias (Syria/UK, 2012) follows the lives of a monk and a fashion designer in Syria before the current conflict began. The film has been screened internationally at festivals including Bird’s Eye View (London); Siamo Tornati(Italy/UK, 2013) follows the experiences of Gianni, a boxing teacher who has occupied an abandoned government building. This film was funded in part by a Creative Scotland fellowship at the British School at Rome. Waiting for Spring (2012, UK/France) is an Al Jazeera English documentary following Syrian poet Hala Mohammed as she watches events unfold in Syria and was part of the Poets of Protest Series. Yasmin has a PhD in Transdisciplinary Documentary Film from the University of Edinburgh and is co-founder of Reel Arts, an organisation which works with artists in areas in conflict.


A Tale of Two Syrias is a Tell Brak films production with Cadies Productions and Freedonia Films. Made with support from the University of Edinburgh.



This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes



About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


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