Muhr Arab Feature
Syria / 2010 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 87 minutes

Winner of Muhr Arab / Feature /Best Composer: Essam Rafea (Composer)


Legendary actor-director Abdullatif Abdulhamid opens his latest feature in 1940s Damascus, where a young man is listening to a broadcast of the songs of the buzuq player, Muhammad Abdul Karim. Flipping to the present day, the young man is now a father with a fruit-selling business, bringing up his large, musical family alone, following the death of his beloved wife, and surviving in a world of corrupt officialdom and class divides. Abdullatif Abdulhamid evokes the family and community dramas of both generations brilliantly in this witty, affectionate yet devastating portrayal of life in the Syrian capital. Anything but a traditional film, the veteran director employs surreal touches and visual metaphors but with such a lightness of touch that they blend into the compelling narrative. This is a beautifully composed and shot tour de force.


Musical, Experimental, Animation

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Adult Themes and References 12+

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