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A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllister

Comrades and lovers, Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When filmmaker 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, A Syrian Love Story 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.

Known for his unique and intimate portraits, maverick director Sean McAllister (Liberace of Baghdad) received the Grand Jury prize at this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest for what has been described as a “Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.