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Cinema for Syria: Queens of Syria



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.

All monies raise go to the Hands Up Foundation to support our work funding aid projects for those affected by the conflict in Syria. For information where the monies go, please click here.

Presenting the Film
Director Yasmin Fedda

Yasmin Fedda is BAFTA-nominated director; Queens of Syria won the Black Pearl award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival and best female director at Carthage Film Festival. Yasmin is lecturer in Film Practice at Queen Mary University, London, and is also co-founder of Highlight Arts, working with artists in times of conflict.

Screening of the film ‘Queens of Syria’

Director – Yasmin Fedda
Rating: 16 and over

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved,and bereaved by the Trojan War.

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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