Rami Farah

Rami Farah
Rami Farah

 

Breaking taboos:
Samt (Silence): the news of the fall of the town of Kuneitra in 1967 announced by Radio-Damas, is still a haunting thought. Actually, the fall announced by Hafez el Assad didn’t take place. The young documentary maker goes back to this dark page of Syria’s history… after 40 years of silence. The film is disturbing. Banned by the government, its screening was prohibited during the festival of the documentary DOX BOX. It was shown only once in Syria, illegally, at the Institut Français du Proche Orient. Yet Rami wants more, he likes to tease the regime and says: “I don’t have anything against the government, It’s the government that has something against me!”

Feeling very lonely:
“What we are missing in Syria is an audience, a public. Damascus movie theatres only run action films or Indian films…it’s cinema for soldiers on leave!... At the Cham cinema, there are some good foreign films...3 or 4 times a year... the only foreign films we can watch on a regular basis in Syria are Egyptian films.”
In Syria there are so few cinema creators like us. Sometimes it makes me feel very lonely…I love this festival!

Syrian-American co-productions?
In the performance film Not a matter of if but when , Rami’s blunt statements in front of the camera question and blur the border between fiction and reality, object and subject, "them" and "us". Here, poetry prevails over the judgement of history. Rami made this film with two American producers: Julia Meltzer and David Thorne and the film was awarded a the Manifesto festival of Berlin. Rami enjoyed this adventure…yet he questions himself… “I made a film with two US producers, though in general I don’t like to ask foreign producers to finance my films. I want to stay free!”

 



Documentaries directed:
2006, Silence , 35 min
2007 Harafish Epic , 8 min

In the pipeline:
Military zone no entry, no camera

Performance :
2006, Not a matter of if but when , 32 min, performance realised under the direction of Julia Meltzer and David Thorne

 

 

(20/05/2009)

 

 

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