Halaqat Film Days - Past and Present of Arab Societies through Women’s Lenses
This autumn, Halaqat Film Days celebrates the old and the new generation of Arab women directors and actresses. Visitors will discover recent films and productions from the past thanks to a programme that creates a dialogue between the works and the different generations of women directors.
‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ - Soudade Kaadan (2018):
At the start of the war in Syria, young pharmacist Sana tries to buy some bottled gas, but her search quickly gets out of hand. Sana’s panic-stricken journey is told with striking hyper-realism and an excursion into magic realism.
Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France in 1979, based in London. She studied theatre criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus and filmmaking at Saint Joseph University (IESAV) in Beirut. Her first feature fiction film The Day I Lost My Shadow
was awarded the Lion of The Future for best debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, and the jury prize for directing at the LA Film Festival, and screened at various festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London, Busan and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her short film Aziza
won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Soudade Kaadan.
The European project Halaqat is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. Halaqat is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.