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Cinema for Syria: Screening a Collection of Short Films



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.

Guest Speaker
Diana Darke – Author
Diana Darke is a Middle East cultural expert with special focus on Syria. A graduate in Arabic from Oxford University, she has spent over 30 years specialising in the Middle East and Turkey, working for both government and commercial sectors. She is the author of several books on Middle East society, including My House in Damascus (2016), The Merchant of Syria (2018) and The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo (2019).

Screening of a collection of short films made by Syrian filmmakers *
Rating: 16 and above

  • Mare Nostrum – by Directors Rana KAZKAZ & Anas KHALAF – 13 min
    On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk
  • Besieged Bread – by Director Soudade Kaadan – 12 min
    She smuggles the bread. He escaped the Syrian Army. They know there is no way out.
  • Le Voyage de Rabia – by Director Meyar El Roumi – 22 min
    Rabia leaves for the first time his native village of Northern Syria. The girl accompanies her fiancé who wants to introduce her to her mother. A crossing of the country by taxi which also leads to discover the games of seduction.
  • Tent 56 – by Director Seif Al-Sheikh Najeeb – 20 min
    Refugees pains and difficulties living in camps, they have needs other than food and shelter.
  • Canvas on Mixed Media – by Director Jalal Maghout – 5 min
    Crows are more humane than we think!
    Here, the crow no longer collects shiny things. Shiny things automatically make their way to a deserted place instead of hitting their targets. They travel to a dark spot far away so that life can continue.

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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