* Istanbul (Turkey)
* Thessaloniki (Greece)
* One World International Film Festival
* Docaviv (Israel)
* Durban (South Africa)
* Encounters
* Transatlantik
* Singapore
* New Zealand International Film Festival
* Melbourne International Film Festival
* Docudays UA
* Baltic Sea forum for Documentaries (Riga, Latvia)
* Cambridge Film Festival (UK)
* Flahertiana IDFF (Perm, Russia)
* Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival (Armenia)
* Batumi International Art-House Film Festival - BIAFF (Georgia)
* Zurich Film Festival (Switzerland)
* Hamburg Film Festival (Germany)
* Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada)
* Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (Japan)
* Inconvenient Films Documentary Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania)
* Adelaide Film Festival (Australia)
* Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic)
* CPH:DOX (Copenhagen, Denmark)
* Verzio Film Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
* IDFA (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
* Watch Docs Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
* DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland)
* Dubai International Film Festival (UAE)

* Audience Award DocsBarcelona Medellin
* Audience Award - Millenium International Documentary Film Festival
* Objectif d'Or (Best film award) - Millenium International Documentary Film Festival

* Grand Jury Award @ One World Int’l Film Festival
"The jury was impressed by the radical approach the director has chosen in the storytelling and by the braveness of the protagonists who allow the audience to experience an intimate story bringing out the human factor and an honest picture of a family in crisis amidst the political larger one."

* Special Jury Prize - International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH)

* Grand Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest
“The Jury were enamored by this Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love, taking place against an ever-changing and tumultuous backdrop. Delivering unusual gender portraits it explores vulnerabilities, looking at the concept of belonging, providing a unique and intimate portrait of disillusionment.“

* Special Mention - Biografilm Festival
“For the courage and tenacity to tell, with a direct language and without filters, a story of love and war by bringing us in the daily life of a family distorted by idealism and violence.“

* British Independent Film Awards nomination
* European Film Awards Nomination
* Special Mention - Flahertiana

A Syrian Love Story

Category |Conflicts, Human Interest, Human Rights, Migration, Personal Story, Romance, Social Issues
Year | 2015
Country | UK
Running time | 80’
Format |
Production |A 10Ft Films Production
Director | Sean McAllister

Amer met Ragda, when both were locked up in a Syrian jail for speaking out against an oppressive regime. Twenty years and four sons later, filmmaker Sean McAllister comes into their lives, as Amer is waiting for Ragda, who has once again been imprisoned. When she is unexpectedly released, the family is overjoyed - they need her, particularly three year-old Bob. McAllister and his subjects' lives become irrevocably intertwined when McAllister himself is jailed, and footage of the family is confiscated. Amer and Ragda must flee overnight to Lebanon, with nothing but their children. McAllister follows their story over five turbulent years, as they struggle to find their feet as refugees; Ragda in particular can't bear to be away from Syria in its hour of greatest need. As they watch Syria descend into chaos, they struggle to repair their troubled relationship. A powerful, moving story of family and exile from one of the UK's most talented independent filmmakers.

HUCK MAGAZINE : review by Shelley Jones (11/27/2015)

TWITTER: @SyrianLoveStory #ASyrianLoveStory
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/ASyrianLoveStoryFilm
FILM WEBSITE: www.asyrianlovestory.com
SEAN McALLISTER WEBSITE: www.seanmcallister.com

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