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Cinema for Syria: A Memory in Khaki



Leighton House Museum and the Hands Up Foundation proudly present a collection 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.

Guest Speaker: Rose Lukas, Managing Director of the Hands Up Foundation
Rose is the Managing Director and a founding member of the Hands Up Foundation. Following a European language degree at the University of Edinburgh and a stint working in publishing, Rose moved to Damascus in 2010. She spent 9 months there, trying out the language and wandering the fruit and vegetable markets. Syria for her is the noise and colour of spice souks, the scent of orange blossom and the home of hummus. Having had to leave Syria in 2011 at the start of the conflict, she spent five years with Save the Children International working on the governance side. She went on to run Hands Up full time in 2017. When she isn’t visiting our partner organisations in Lebanon and on the Syrian/Turkish border, she can be found in the office in London Fields leading the Hands Up team.

Screening of the film ‘A Memory in Khaki’
Director – Alfoz Tanjour 
Rating: 16 and over

A Memory in Khaki is a cry for that which is embattled inside the spirits of individuals who lived under the oppressive Syrian regime. The auteur’s personal narrative is interwoven with those of other Syrian characters who were forced, because of their political beliefs, to leave the country before or after the revolution. The film sheds light on years of silence, fear and terror, and it dives into the stories which were behind the eruption of the Syrian society and the start of its revolution. It is a Syrian account which, by laying out the past, tells the story of the future.

You can watch the trailer of the film here.

Venue rules
Doors open at 6.30 pm: Complimentary drink on arrival, and the opportunity to explore this unique studio-house of artist, traveller and collector Frederic, Lord Leighton.
Film screenings start at 7pm, in the beautiful and atmospheric artist’s studio space.

  • Please note that to avoid disruption, latecomers will not be permitted entry after 7 pm.
  • Drinks and food are not permitted in the studio space.
  • Tickets are non-refundable unless bought for a group of 4 or 10 and cancelled up to 48 hours before the screening date.
  • Regrettably there is no step-free, or wheelchair access at the venue. For more information on Leighton House Museum accessibility please click here.
  • For any issues regarding tickets and confirmations, please email us at

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