Farah and her friends are putting on a play that addresses the daily struggles of women in Syria
DIRECTED BY TALAL DERKI
Eliana, Enana, Farah, Grace, and Suhair are in their late twenties and have been living in Damascus since the beginning of the civil war. They belong to the religious minorities who have managed to preserve their identities and cultures despite the religious intolerance in the region.
They are bound together by an old friendship, in addition to a fel- lowship of study as they are graduates of the Higher Institute of Theater in Damascus. The young and passionate girls find it almost impossible to get an opportunity to work in acting without having to compromise their integrity in some way. They decide to produce
a play that bears their personal experiences, at a time where it is impossible to work and secure a living in Syria.
With the massive collapse of the economy, they must write and execute the play with an exceptionally low budget and scarce funding. The play will be based on their own lives, and tackle nepotism, corruption, harassment, and sexual exploitation in the show business industry. They find an old abandoned house in the old city that needs repairing and some restoration to make it habitable. With their own bare hands, the house’s condition is
improved and they begin to use it as a workshop space for their play. Two new girls join the group in the first rehearsal meeting.
Rusoul Al-Hussein and Ola Al-Saeed. Farah presents the general idea of the project as she has been chosen by the group to be the director. The girls start sharing stories about sexual bribes that
DIRECTOR TALAL DERKI / ANONOMOUS
PRODUCERS SIGRID DYEKJÆR / HEBA KALED / BETH EARL
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