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A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy
Rami Farah

Rami Farah is a young Syrian filmmaker born in 1980. He first studied dance in the higher Institute of arts in Damascus then he studied documentary films in the Arab Film Institute in Amman.His first films and videos both use a blend of dance and audiovisual material. ZamKan, made in 2004, unfolds as a dialogue between a ceiling fan and a chair in a silent room. It was followed by Point, a short arts video that was screened in several exhibitions and festivals around the world. He also co-created the work “Not a matter of If but When” with Julia Metzer and David Thorne. After graduating from the Arab institute in 2007, Rami shot and produced a 35-minute documentary about the Golan Heights entitled Silence.

Country of origin: Syria / Lebanon
The film chronicles a revolution as it is experienced by the Syrian actor Fares Helou. Fares’ life changed radically when he joined the people in the streets of Damascus calling for the fall of the Syrian regime. He immediately had to go underground and director Rami Farah followed him into hiding with a camera. When Fares had to flee from Syria to France Rami followed him. However, neither the actor nor the director had a script for the new chapter in their lives: exile. A chapter full of questions, disappointments and alienation, but also of cultural confusion that calls for laughter. ”A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy” is an intimate observation of the absurdity of exiled existence. Credits
Director: Rami Farah
Producer: Signe Byrge Sorensson & Lyana Saleh
Cinematographer: Rami Farah
Editor: Khaled Salem
Sound designer: Henrik Gugge Garnov