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Mar

Bill Drummond rehearses new members of The17 for SURROUND Damascus in London (via @michaeljohng )

Bill Drummond rehearses new members of The17 for SURROUND Damascus in London (via @michaeljohng )

The National: Reel Syria event gives British audiences a look beyond the conflict

As the festival director Dan Gorman explains: “The basic idea of Reel festivals was to show that people who are caught up in the world’s conflicts are actual people - people who create things, think things, dream things 

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Mar

Map for Bill Drummond’s SURROUND Damascus in London, Sunday March 18, 1pm

16

Mar

Panelists have arrived at Free Word centre for panel “Culture Under Fire: Creative Resistance in Syria”

Panelists have arrived at Free Word centre for panel “Culture Under Fire: Creative Resistance in Syria”

It’s March 15th; the anniversary of the Syrian Revolution, and the closing night of the “missing” DOX BOX edition. So, here we are, carrying the best of Syrian documentary films to screen parts of the Syrians’ lives back from the seventies, and to tell more about Syria, what it is, who we are, and maybe give a glance of what actually made the country rise up shouting for freedom
DoxBox Global Day organizers, March 15 2012
#ReelSyria 2012 gets underway at a sold-out Frontline Club for the Dox Box Global Day film screening. Thanks to all who came!

#ReelSyria 2012 gets underway at a sold-out Frontline Club for the Dox Box Global Day film screening. Thanks to all who came!

15

Mar

Trebuchet - Bill Drummond Presents: SURROUND: Damascus in London

Part of #ReelSyria 2012! To get involved email: surround@reelfestivals.org

14

Mar

The Guardian on #ReelSyria: The film festival in exile – Dox Box Global Day celebrates Omar Amiralay

This week marks the first anniversary of the uprising inSyria, and would have seen the fifth year of Syria’s leading documentary festival, Dox Box. All over the Arab world, film-makers have been documenting their uprisings and paying for it with their freedom and lives. So this year, the Dox Box organisers decided to make a statement against the Assad regime and not hold the festival in Syria; instead, they have planned a Dox Box Global Day to be held in 12 countries, from Sudan to the UK to Kosovo, as a gesture of continued support for these film-makers amid fears that media interest in the conflict is waning. In the UK, Dox Box Global Day will form the opening night of the Reel Syria 2012 festivalin London and Edinburgh, itself a tribute to the resilience of Syria’s artists.

Reel Syria: Mosaic Initiative for Syria exhibition of Ali Ferzat’s cartoons co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Mica Gallery

Political cartoonist and ‘icon of freedom in the Arab world’ Ali Ferzat has spent decades satirizing Arab rulers and authorities in more than 15,000 caricatures, offering an acute visual commentary on the brutal practices of the Syrian Ba’ath regime.

In 2001, Ferzat launched the satirical newspaper, Al-Domari ("Lamp-lighter") which was forced to close by the Ba’ath authorities in 2003, and his cartoons have been banned in several Arab countries. For denouncing the corruption and abuses of Bashar Al-Assad’s rule, he was attacked in August by masked gunmen, who broke his hands as a warning.

In 2011, he was awarded the Press Freedom Prize by Reporters Without Borders and Le Monde. He has been nominated for Index on Censorship’s 2012 award for artists, filmmakers and writers whose work asserts artistic freedom and battles against repression and injustice.

Ali Ferzat

Mica Gallery

20th March to 29th March 2012 

Monday to Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturdays: 11am - 6pm (strictly by appointment only)

Mica Gallery, Studio 2, 259A Pavilion Road, Sloane Square, SW1X 0BP

Reel Syria

Reel Festivals returns for its fifth year with Reel Syria 2012,in association with Mosaic Initiative for Syria, supporting Syrian artists and showcasing Syrian culture to a UK audience. 

Mosaic Initiative for Syria is a not-for-profit organization contributing to the humanitarian relief effort in Syria and Syrian refugee camps in neighbouring countries. It is currently supported by Firefly International.

Reel Festivals is a Firefly International project. Firefly is a charity which breaks down barriers through shared creative and cultural dialogue - www.fireflyinternational.org.

Reel Syria was made possible by the generous support of the British Council.

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Mar

Mosaic Initiative for Syria exhibition of Ali Ferzat’s cartoons co-sponsored by Amnesty International and Mica Gallery

Mica Gallery 20th March to 29th March 2012

Monday to Friday: 10am - 6pm

Saturdays: 11am - 6pm (strictly by appointment only) Mica Gallery, Studio 2, 259A Pavilion Road, Sloane Square, SW1X 0BP

Mosaic Initiative: Fundraising Gala for Syria

In answer to the desperate need for humanitarian relief for the Syrian people inside Syria as well as in Syrian refugee camps in neighbouring countries, Mosaic Initiative for Syria has announced a fundraising gala taking place this Saturday, March 17. It will support Syrian artists and showcase Syrian culture at Kensington Town Hall, as part of the Reel Syria 2012 festival which runs from March 15-18.

Damascus in London - by Bill Drummond for @FluxMagazine

The months speed by, a new spring is about to burst upon us, but in that time news out of Syria has continued to go from bad to worse and our feelings about the Arab Spring have become somewhat jaded. On a personal level I am no closer to knowing what the international community, should do, but there is only so much wringing my hands can take.

12

Mar

Very happy to announce that Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of Road to Damascus and founder of Qunfuz will chair the 'Culture under Fire' panel discussion on March 16th at the FreeWord Centre, featuring Ali Ferzat, Mamdouh Azzam, Manhal al-Serraj, Steve Chandra Savale and Donatella Della Ratta.

Very happy to announce that Robin Yassin-Kassab, author of Road to Damascus and founder of Qunfuz will chair the 'Culture under Fire' panel discussion on March 16th at the FreeWord Centre, featuring Ali Ferzat, Mamdouh Azzam, Manhal al-Serraj, Steve Chandra Savale and Donatella Della Ratta.

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Mar

Samih Choukeir, who is singing at Reel Syria festival on Saturday 17, sings for Homs. For details check: https://www.facebook.com/events/187928214644064/