Leighton House Museum, the spectacular ‘East Meets West’ palace of art of Victorian artist Frederic Leighton, is proud to be working with the Hands Up Foundation to present a series of films made by a young generation of Syrian filmmakers.
The programme, curated by award-winning director Soudade Kaadan, is an enchanted journey showcasing the talents of Syrian filmmakers despite the challenges they face in a country shattered by a violent conflict.
The series kicks off in May with the first Syrian film to be Oscar-nominated, “Last Men in Aleppo”, portraying real Syrian heroes trying to help civilians survive during a merciless war. With monthly screenings up to November and including a special ‘shorts’ night, this collection of movies shows the evolution of Syrian lives before and throughout the war, their suffering and their rise from the ashes to build a new life elsewhere.
Soudade Kaadan says: ‘I hope to share in this collection of films a feeling of love for our home country, and an opportunity to voice Syrian talents through a deep reflection in cinematic language on our reality.
More info: 22 May, 19 June, 24 July, 25 September, 23 October, 20 November
6:30 – 9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for a drinks reception. £15.