15:30, Friday 19th June, Cinema 2


Director/Anthropologist: Yasmin Fedda
Year of Release:  2014
Duration: 70 mins
Country of Production: UK/UAE
Location: Syria and Jordan
Ethnic Group: Syrian
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in the 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved and bereaved by the Trojan War.

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