Woman leaning on balcony railing overlooking cityscape with satellite dishes.

Under the Sky of Damascus

(Under the Sky of Damascus)

To call public attention to patriarchal violence in Syrian society, a group of female artists decide to use real testimonies as the basis for a theatre performance.

Several actresses and friends want to break taboos and use theatre to expose gender-based violence in Syria. Their initial sources consist of accounts given by anonymous women from various generations and social groups. All of them have been abused – by a husband, father, brother, uncle… An abandoned building serves the authors as both a creative centre and a safe haven. Even so, they encounter resistance and obstacles on many fronts, including disagreements within their own ranks. The film captures the birth of a unique piece and is also a portrait of the inherent misogyny that disrupts personal and professional relationships on a daily basis.

Bio Oko, Františka Křížka 460/15, Praha 7

Talal Derki, Director
Anna Zamejc, Moderator

Atlas – Small Hall, Ke Štvanici 371/4, Praha 8

Pavlína Káš Milionová, People in Need
Veronika Gabrielová, Moderator
TitleUnder the Sky of Damascus
Original TitleUnder the Sky of Damascus
Original LanguageArabic
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginDenmark, USA, Germany, Syria
Length88 min.
Tags Women's rights, Middle East
Director Talal Derki, Heba Khaled, Ali Wajeeh

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