February 20, 2017
Location: Gulbenkian Theatre
Rim & Her Sisters (2015)
When bombs began to fall on the city of Tall Kalakh in Syria, Rim only had one choice – flee. In Rim and Her Sisters, Leyla Assaf-Tengroth explores how Syrian women live in the shadows of war. The documentary follows the fractured quotidian life of Rim and her siblings as they escape the escalating war in their homeland. Rim, the eldest of her two brothers and eight sisters, fights to keep her displaced family in Lebanon united despite their uncertain future. Rim and Her Sisters highlights the remarkable desire for political and religious freedom in the face of great obstacles in the Middle East.
Leyla is an award winning film and documentary director, screenwriter and producer. Some of her films are Frihetsligan (1994) and Amelia (1991). Her films and documentaries have been shown on Swedish Television, in several European countries as well as in the US, Canada and Australia. Leyla is a Lebanese who has been living in Sweden since 1966. Her films often deal with sociopolitical problems, and environmental issues. They are known to reflect much engagement and insight.
8:00 pm: Opening by his Excellence Mr. Peter Semneby Ambassador of Sweden
8:15 pm: Screening of the Film Rim & Her Sisters
9:15 pm: Q&A with the director
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