In The Dark Times

June 15, 2016

Pera Film in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation and the Goethe-Institut Istanbul is screening the documentary In The Dark Times. The documentary features Syrian artists struggling to build up a new cultural identity in exile. The film explores these artists' impressive productions in film, music, dance and theatre in Istanbul and Amman as a rising independent Syrian vision in search of freedom and recognition. The documentary utilizes Bertolt Brecht's writings as a metaphor for a strong appeal to call people for global solidarity.

Director: Sabine Küper-Büsch & Thomas Büsch

Production: Goethe-Institut Istanbul
2016, 86’, Turkish subtitles
Date: 15 June Wednesday, 18:00

Following the screening, Amal Omran (actress) or Nadine al Laham (filmmaker), Nazlı Mayuk (filmmaker), Samer al-Kadri (artist and publisher) and Sabine Küper-Büsch (director) come together for a panel talk.

Free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

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