Kadlo uses pictures from his family archives showing his childhood and his young mother before she married his father, as well as school certificates and old audio recordings of his and his father’s talks during his travels away from Syria. He uses them as support for the stories he exchanges with his family in front of the camera.
Coming to Terms With the Past
The family theme continues in “Sugar Cage,” in which Zeina Alqahwaji interviews her parents to explore the familiarity and typical daily challenges facing Syrian girls with their families.
The autobiographical narrative of Eyas Al-Mokdad’s documentary “The Final Scene” combines his relationship with his brothers during the revolution in Syria. According to Ettijahat’s synopsis, it is “the story of brothers separated by distances and among whom the war planted impassable borders.”
The four films, which are being screened at the Zawya Cinema in Cairo, illustrate the power of autobiographical stories in the face of barbarism, and all the absence, loss, dispersion, and pain they carry.
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