Curated at PFA by Kathy Geritz and Rasha Salti. Program notes adapted from Film Society of Lincoln Center publications.
The presentation of The Road to Damascus at PFA is cosponsored by The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, and by the 10th Annual Arab Film Festival. For information on the festival's screenings of Syrian films, please phone (415) 564-1100 or visit www.aff.org.
The Road to Damascus is part of “Lens on Syria: Thirty Years of Contemporary Syrian Cinema,” a touring exhibition organized by ArteEast, a nonprofit arts organization based in New York that promotes the arts and cultures of the Middle East. At PFA, we wish to extend our gratitude to Rasha Salti, director and curator of the touring showcase, and Livia Alexander, executive director of ArteEast, as well as the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where the series was first presented, and from whom we have borrowed our exhibition title.
Support for the series has been generously provided by the Ousseimi Foundation (Switzerland) and the Department for Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) at Columbia University. Special thanks to Abdellatif Abdul-Hamid, the Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Washington DC (H.E. Dr. Imad Moustapha and Lina Kawakibi), Hilary Clark, Mitra Abbaspour, Fanny Lesage (FEMIS), Hisham el-Zouki, Mohammad Malas, Intissar Safia, Mohammad el-Roumi, Meyar el-Roumi, Ammar el-Beik, Samir Zikra, and Nabil Maleh. Extra special thanks to Maria Ousseimi al-Akhaoui, Orwa Nyrabia and Diana el-Jeiroudi (Proaction Film), Oussama Mohammad, Hala al-Abdallah Yakoub, Omar Amiralay, and Efrem Kossaifi.