2016 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA); Nomination – Best Debut
2015 British Independent Film Awards; Nomination – Best Documentary
No. 3 - Guardian's 50 best films of 2015
Following its recent nomination for the 2016 British Academy Film Awards, we're bringing Sean McAllister's A Syrian Love Story back to the big screen.
Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When Sean 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, A Syrian Love Story 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 other.
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”.
Watch our Q&A with Sean McAllister and Amer here.