Sat, Oct 06|
The University of Manchester
Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Rafat Al Zakout (on Skype)
Time & Location
Oct 06, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The University of Manchester, 176 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9QQ, UK
About the Event
Amidst the Syrian turmoil, his passion for arts and theatre leads Rafat to encounter, on a trip to North Syria, a group of hopeful young friends: the ballet dancer Ahmed and army deserters Mohammed and Taj. Despite the difficult circumstances and the conservative society in their hometown Manbij, the young men use the new fragile freedom to realise their dream and make a creative space they call “Home”.
At “Home”, they exchange hopes, reveries and fears, as a strong bond of friendship develops between the group and Rafat who himself is searching for his ‘home’.
Born in Syria in 1977, Rafat graduated in 2003 at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus and started his career as a theatre actor and director. In 2011 and with the outburst of the popular uprising in Syria, Rafat started to search for ways to interlace theatre with film. His first experience in short filmmaking was by directing around 30 short satirical puppet theatre films, which lampooned the unfolding events in Syria.