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Abounaddara Collective Shorts from Syria + Panel Discussion on 'Emergency Cinema'

Abounaddara is a collective of filmmakers working towards providing an alternative image of Syrian society. It was founded in 2010 in opposition to the prevailing representations of Syria found in the Western media. Since April 2011, the Collective has produced one short film every week, using a very particular cinematographic language–a sort of 'emergency cinema'. Working in a state of emergency, the collective's members are subject to certain constraints: access to film sites, safety of those filmed, even the state of the Internet connection. They present ordinary men and women, who are not heroes or victims, political opponents or loyalists. The films show the counter-shot to the armed conflicts that have been the media's main focal point thus far.

We will screen five short films from the Abounaddara Collective, who recently won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and explore 'emergency cinema' in the context of Syria and other countries in the region.

Panelists include: Tamara Alrifai, Advocacy and Communications director, Middle East and North Africa division, Human Rights Watch; Rachel Beth Anderson, filmmaker of First to Fall; Charif Kiwan, spokesperson for the Abounaddara Collective; and Daniel Trilling, Editor of the New Humanist and former Assistant Editor at the New Statesman

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