Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When
McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after
their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably.
Filmed over 5 years, the film 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
Known for his unique and intimate portraits, maverick director Sean McAllister (Liberace of
Baghdad) received the Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival for this
“Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.
About direction (Sean McAllister)
Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary
intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in
political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early
films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal
Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The
Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008), ‘The Reluctant
Revolutionary‘ and his recent Sheffield Jury Prize winning A Syrian Love Story (2015), Sean’s
work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.
Awards & Festivals
- DocsBarcelona – Official Selection. Spain, 2016.
- British Independent Film Awards – Best Documentary Nomination. United Kingdom, 2015.
- European Film Award – Best Documentary Nomination. Europe, 2015.
- Sheffield Doc/Fest – Grand Jury Prize. United Kingdom, 2015.