"-What do you remember about Syria? -Our sweet days." (From the film)
A microcosm of a global crisis.
Amer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and Raghda, a Syrian rebel, meet in prison. Raghda was badly beaten up, with a swollen face and bruised eyes, says Amer, speaking of the first time he sees her. Then he hears her voice, and they fall in love. During the turbulent politics of the Middle East, they get married and have three kids. By the time their youngest son is two years old Raghda is in prison again. As the Syrian revolution and political oppression change their lives, director Sean McAllister follows the family to different countries in exile. A Syrian Love Story manages to put names and faces on refugees, shows how politics and prison as well as survivors' guilt change their lives, feelings and relationships.
SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST 2015 GRAND JURY PRIZE, CPH: DOX, HAMBURG, BIOGRAFILM SPECIAL JURY AWARD
Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. His work includes, Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004, !f 2005), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) and his recent Sheffield Jury Prize winning A Syrian Love Story (2015).