Film Screening – “Wajd: Songs of Separation” with director Amar Chebib

Co-sponsored by The Reed Society

with

Amar Chebib
Filmmaker

**Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Film begins promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

 

Inspired by the traditional sacred music of Syria, filmmaker Amar Chebib traveled to Damascus and Aleppo in 2010. Six months later the revolution began, escalating into a bloody civil war and the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Touched by the harrowing experiences of the friends he made, Wajd transformed into the stories of three musicians turned refugees.

Over five years, we witness the struggles of Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamed as they face their traumatic past. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning in the aftermath of destruction and atrocity. Intimate footage of their daily lives weaves together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of a pre-war Syria that no longer exists. What unfolds is a cinematic meditation on loss, yearning, and faith.

Wajd is 87 minutes long and will be followed by a moderated Q/A with the director.

To see the trailer, click here.

Biography of Speaker

Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib began making videos in his youth while growing up between the Middle East and North America. He graduated from the Vancouver Film School in 2006 and has since directed various short films, music videos, and commercials around the world. Amar currently resides in Vancouver where he works on both branded and independent projects through his production company, Luminus Films. Wajd is his first feature length documentary.

 

 

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