Comentario de charlieb en KG:
"His work is notoriously hard to find (its all banned in Syria and only rarely appears at retrospectives and festivals internationally). I have a few of the most exciting films and if this up attracts attention and enough people seem to be interested I can upload these and maybe some more great Syrian stuff in due course.
For now – his first feature documentary: Everyday Life in a Syrian Village. The film is, on the face of it, a realist doc which does what it says on the tin; it assembles gorgeously edited scenes of daily life in a remote agricultural community on the eastern desert border with Iraq. This in itself is a treat – the softly shifting landscapes and haunting sandstorms, contemplative shots of people of all ages and trades at work in a remarkable setting, and some extraordinary intimate footage of religious rituals and practices.
But under the surface (and some of this may or may not be lost on those unfamiliar with the basic trajectories of Syrian political history) is a much larger project – and a much more incendiary one; one that continues to characterise all Amiralay’s work. The film subtly, but bitingly, interrogates the state regime and its attempts to bring an order and new frame of organisation to organic and rich Syrian ways of life. Never using voice-over, Amiralay does this through stinging juxtapositions – for instance, he cuts instantly from an incredible scene showing the traditional Shi’ite Ashura ritual celebrations (hypnotic music, trances, speaking in tongues…) to a scene where the local party official for culture presents a travelling program of educational-film-screenings to the village who look blank or bemused as they are instructed about culture by men in suits. In other scenes, party-education curricula compels the teacher to instruct tent-dwelling pupils on bathing practices and optimal personal hygiene."
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Everyday Life in a Syrian Village - 1976 - Omar Amiralay.avi [699.95 Mb]