Mare Nostrum

By: Rana Kazkaz  

I’m a Syrian-American filmmaker, as well as Assistant Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar: I was living and working in Damascus as a filmmaker when the Syrian Revolution started in March 2011. I wish to express my interest in screening two of my films during the conference. The first, Mare Nostrum (2016, 14 minutes) is a short narrative that has been selected in 85 international film festivals including Sundance and has won 32 international prizes including Best Film at the BBC Arabic Film Festival in 2017. Logline: On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian Father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk. Private link: Password: marenostrum. The second film, Searching for the Translator (2015, 29 minutes) is a documentary that has screened in several international human rights film festivals. Synopsis: Searching for the Translator documents our quest to find Syrian refugees living in Jordan who we could train to be actors in our upcoming film The Translator. However, instead of learning how to become professional actors, the 12 participants took the workshop into their own hands, eager for the opportunity to share their experiences of the Syrian conflict as well as explore how a new Syria might, one day, be rebuilt. Private link: Password: Translator. My next film, The Translator, won best project in development at the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation in 2017. If there is interest, it would be a pleasure to screen and discuss the films during the conference.

Refugees Immigration
2019 Special Focus—Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience
Poster/Exhibit Session

Rana Kazkaz