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Voices from Syria, which premieres December 1, 2020, is a curated selection of four documentaries, including Harmony for After War (Pablo Tosco and Migue Roth), Wajd: Songs of Separation (Amar Chebib), A House for the Syrians (Nadine Beaudet and Christian Mathieu Fournier) and The Rest (Ai Weiwei).

And to kick off the festival on December 1, 2020, at 20:00 EST, join us for a livestreamed conversation with Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib, hosted by Maryam Shah from the Toronto Star.

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Matthew House Ottawa, a shelter offering essential support to refugee claimants.

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Harmony for After War sheds light on the lives of two brothers, Mustafa and Ahmed, who were born blind. Unable to attend school or play in the streets of their native Kobane, in northeastern Syria (Rojava), making music together at home became a soul-nurturing outlet. But in 2014, when Islamic State (ISIS) militants seized their city, the brothers were forced to leave their instruments behind. Returning in the summer of 2015 after the city’s liberation, they were devastated to find the jihadists had destroyed their instruments, including Mustafa’s prized violin.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    26 minutes
  • Language
    English, Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish
  • Country
    Spain, Syria
  • Note
    with English subtitles
  • Director
    Pablo Tosco and Migue Roth