Queens of Syria

November 24, 2015

"A unique, heartwarming film about a remarkable group of Syrian refugee women working towards staging their own version of one of the oldest plays ever written"

Where is 'Asia'? Where is 'East'?

What does it mean to be Asian in this globalized era where so many of us carry diasporic identities? In today's world, is 'Asian' a geographic marker, a racial marker, an ethnic marker, a political marker, a cultural marker, or some slippery combination of all of the above? And where exactly is Asia anyway?

For the 6th annual DocuAsia Forum, we boldly turn our lens on Syria, a nation of the Middle East, a.k.a the Near East, a.k.a West Asia, called to action by the urgency of the brutal civil war and the millions of people displaced from their homes.

A combination of documentary film, short films, animations as well as live music and post screening panels, this event offers rare glimpses into the lives of Syrians whose personal narratives speak to the dire conditions that continue to be faced by millions at home and abroad.

Through various cultural mediums we hear the voices of Syrian filmmakers and artists whose very survival and hope depends on self-expression through the arts. As the state of things continues to deteriorate for Syrians everywhere, DocuAsia seeks to open up critical discourse and dialogue on the global implications and the urgency of the Syrian crisis.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Melville Centre for Dialogue
8771 Lansdowne Road

Preceded by selected short films & animations

Special Guests
Laura Marks, Mark Hamilton, Sibeal Foyle, Malu Halasa, and Rahim Othman (moderator)

Admission by donation.

Seats are limited
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