Another Evening to Forget!

It’s been a while since I had such an outing with Mom. Indeed, we used to attend many of these functions together – receptions prepared by embassies to commemorate their national days, parties arranged by some production company to celebrate the successful end of a series, and celebrations arranged by Syria’s public TV, Theater, Radio, or the Artists Guild itself (as indeed was the case this time around) meant to commemorate some event or other.  Continue reading “Another Evening to Forget!”

Syriarama: A brief history of the Syrian Film Industry

An article published in Impressions, the British Airways inflight magazine.  

You never heard of Syrian cinema? Well, you don’t have to worry about that, for it doesn’t exactly mean that you are an ignoramus. You are simply out of touch with the goings-on of international film festivals, especially those of the former Eastern Block countries where Syrian films have won more than their fair share of awards throughout the years.

Cinema became known in Syria in 1908 when people in Damascus had the opportunity to watch some cartoons in some of the traditional coffeehouses. The show moved to Aleppo in 1912. Continue reading “Syriarama: A brief history of the Syrian Film Industry”