Dalia Al Kury

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Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere | V. Today Syrialism
Dalia Al Kury

21 Minutes

February 2–16, 2022

Salam is haunted by his family members left behind in war-torn Syria. By cinematically manifesting their nightmarish visits, this hybrid film taps into a surreal world where the ravaged streets of Der-el-Zor collide with tranquil Norwegian suburbs. In this liminal space, Salam re-enacts what he wishes he could do with his sisters and brother. By staging his nightmares he teleports us to a new narrative, one where he is no longer helpless, where he can tell the whole world to stop asking him to be happy.

Dalia Al Kury’s Syrialism 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, War & Conflict, Migration & Immigration
Surrealism, Middle East
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Dalia Al Kury is an independent documentary film director working on cross-genre projects. Her films explore different cultural taboos in the Arab world and have been commissioned and screened on international TV channels such as ZDF Arte, Al-Jazeera, and Al Arabiya. Her first feature Possessed by Djinn (2014) premiered at Hotdocs, and her latest film Privacy of Wounds (2018) premiered in competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was nominated for many awards. She is an artistic research fellow at the Norwegian Film School.


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