Damascus Aleppo: Watch this movie at the Taalhuis Cinema

Taalhuis Cinema – Damascus Aleppo (Basel Al-Khatib, 2018)

Come and discover the hidden gems of Mediterranean Cinema and join us for engaging discussions with other language and culture enthusiasts! Every month, we will showcase a film in one of the languages taught at our school.

Before the screening, our teachers will provide an introduction to the film (in English), offering insights into its context, noteworthy elements, and characteristics of the work and the director, as your guide to fully savoring the cinematic experience.

After watching the film, we will have small conversation activities to chat more about what we have seen and share discoveries and points of view, and, if possible, use the language you are learning with fellow students, teachers, and native speakers.

This month it’s the turn of the Arabic world, so we’ll watch Damascus Aleppo (2018) by Basel Al-Khatib:

In spring 2018 Issa Abdallah, a famous former radio host, lives in loneliness after losing most of his beloved ones. After the liberation of Aleppo, he decides to visit his daughter Dina, who lives there with her two children. The result is a long journey from Damascus to Aleppo, in a bus carrying passengers from different social backgrounds and mindsets.

Director Basel Al-Khatib has said Damascus Aleppo is a reflection of life for Syrians, and aims to show the contradictions in daily life that may seem surreal. The film won the prize for best Arabic movie at the Alexandria International Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries (AIFF) in 2018.

19:00 – 19:15 – Introduction
19:15 – 21:15 – Film
21:15 – 22:00 – Aftertalk


Taalhuis Cinema – Damascus Aleppo (Basel Al-Khatib, 2018)

Friday 1 December 2023

Muiderstraat 24
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