el Documental del mes June 2016


Sean McAllister

2015 76 min.

Original Version with Catalan/Spanish subtitles

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Technical specs

    • Executive production: Hoshang Waziri, Lizzie Francke, Nick Fraser, Kate Townsend, Axel Arnö, Mette Hoffmann Meyer
    • Screenplay: Sean McAllister
    • Editor: Matt Scholes
    • Music: Terence Dunn, Le Trio Joubran,Samih Choukaer, Youssef Tage, Zoë Keating, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Bo Harwood.
    • Production Company: 10Ft Films Production
    • Not recommended for children under sixteen years



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.