Screening: Al Intithar

Salt Beyoğlu

July 3 – July 6, 2014

Still from the film Al Intithar (2013) Mario Rizzi & Sharjah Art Foundation <i>Al Intithar</i> (2013) filminden bir kare
Mario Rizzi & Sharjah Art Foundation
Still from the film Al Intithar (2013)
Mario Rizzi & Sharjah Art Foundation

Mario Rizzi
Al Intithar [The Waiting], 2013
Duration: 30 minutes
Arabic with Turkish subtitles
Arabic with English subtitles

Thursday July 3, 17.00 - 20.00
Friday July 4, 17.00 - 20.00
Saturday July 5, 17.00 - 20.00
Sunday July 6, 15.00 - 18.00

The Syrian refugee camp Zaatari lies seven kilometres to the south of the Syrian border in the Jordanian desert. The nearest town is 13 kilometres away. There are already almost 90,000 refugees living here, and still more people arrive: 10,000 additional refugees every week. The capacity of the camp is 70.000 people. Many Syrians would like to go home: living conditions in the camp are by no means easy and they are often far away from their husbands and sons, many of whom have stayed behind to fight.

The film’s protagonist is a widow from Homs whose husband was killed in an attack by the Syrian army. Director Mario Rizzi followed this widow’s life at the camp for seven weeks. Life’s rhythms are dictated by the place, and life here is all about waiting.

This film is the first part of a trilogy about the emergence of a new civil consciousness in Malaysia, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain and Syria which also looks at the social implications of the end of post-colonialism in these countries.
July 3, 17.00
July 4, 17.00
July 5, 17.00
July 6, 15.00