Zabad (Foam)

Reem Ali

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | V. Today Zabad (Foam)
Reem Ali

42 Minutes

February 2–16, 2022

Banned in Syria, Zabad (Foam) chronicles the everyday life of a Syrian family struggling with memories of imprisonment, and their care for the wife’s schizophrenic brother while preparing their emigration to Canada.

Reem Ali’s Zabad is presented within Today, the last of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions on February 2 and 15.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Migration & Immigration
Middle East, Police & Prisons, Authoritarianism, Documentary
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Reem Ali (b. 1977, Damascus) is a Syrian actress and film director. She graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts in Damascus, and has a masters degree in Art Therapy from University of Paris Descartes. Ali is a renowned actress in Syria where she has appeared in numerous plays, films, and television series. She directed her first short film Nostalgia in 2000, and in 2008 she directed her first feature documentary Zabad (Foam) which gained international recognition and screened in many festivals including Rotterdam International Film Festival (2012), Carthage Film Festival (2009), Reel Film Festival (Edinburgh, 2011), Doha Freedom and Creativity Festival (2010), Arab Cinema Display in Marseilles (2009), and Cairo Independent Film Festival (2009). Ali is currently working on two feature documentaries.


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