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Film Series: Ayouni

This February, we celebrate World Day of Social Justice with the incredible documentary Ayouni by Yasmin Fedda. Watch the film online from 10 February and join us for a live Q&A with the filmmaker on Wednesday, 17 February, from 6pm BST, on Zoom.

FREE, register HERE.

Watch the film online HERE until 17 Feb at 6pm BST.


Documentary: UK, Qatar, 2020 | Director: Yasmin Fedda

Running time: 75 mins | Languages: Arabic, English with English subtitles

Noura and Machi search for answers about their loved ones – Bassel Safadi and Paolo Dall’Oglio, who are among the over 100,000 forcibly disappeared in Syria. Faced with the limbo of an overwhelming absence of information, hope is the only thing they have to hold on to. ‘Ayouni’ is a deeply resonant Arabic term of endearment – meaning ‘my eyes’ and understood as ‘my love’. Filmed over 6 years and across multiple countries in search of answers, Ayouni is an attempt to give numbers faces, to give silence a voice, and to make the invisible undeniably visible.

Director Yasmin Fedda is an award winning filmmaker whose work has focused on themes from Edinburgh bakeries (Breadmakers; 2007) to Syrian monasteries (A Tale of Two Syrias; 2012), theatre (Queens of Syria, 2014); geek anarchism (Steal from the Capitalists; 2015) to forcible disappearance (Ayouni: My Eyes, My Love; 2020). Her films have been BAFTA-nominated and screened at international festivals including Sundance & Edinburgh FF. She occasionally makes broadcast films for the BBC and Al Jazeera English. Yasmin has held artist residences at the Mothlight Micro Cinema, Detroit, and at British School at Rome, Italy. Yasmin also teaches film in universities and hand on workshops. Yasmin has taught different aspects of film in various settings around the world including with: Syria Mobile Film Festival, British Council, Scottish Documentary Institute, Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts, Malta City of Culture, and TPD Vietnam, amongst others. Yasmin has a PhD in Trans-disciplinary Documentary and is a lecturer in Film Practice at Queen Mary University. She is co-founder and programmer of Highlight Arts and is part of production company Black Leaf Films.  

The Q&A with Yasmin Fedda will be moderated by Lavinia Hirsu, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Composition and English as a Foreign Language (Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy).

This screening is presented in partnership with Document Human Rights Film Festival.

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