Despite the relative seclusion of Syria in the past and the often heard critique of the Syrian art scene as backward minded and conservative, young artists, especially film and video makers are increasingly claimng their share of attention at international festivals and exhibitions. Syrian film and video makers of the young generation show great commitment and a will to inverstigate critical issues of contemporary Syrian society, such as gender roles and the impact of political and social restrictions on the lives of ordinary people.
The films and videos of this program were selected on the basis of their distinctiveness and representatitity. They represent very personal artistic statements and show a profound dedication of the artists to their society and work. Each work offers a unique insight into a country and society that is little known in the West and is all too often misrepresented in mainstream media.
Artists: Ammar Al-Beik, Samir Barkawi, Diana El-Jeiroudi, Rami Farah, Joude Gorani, Inas Hakki