Queens of Syria
Queens of SyriaDirector: Yasmin Fedda
Lebanon, Jordan, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates | Arabic
Queens of Syria is a compelling testimony of the story of 50 women, from both sides of the war, who have been forced into exile in Jordan. These women come together during the autumn of 2013 to create and perform their own version of The Trojan Women, the ancient Greek tragedy by Euripides, about the plight of women in war.
Filmmaker Yasmin Fedda reveals the raw power of lives intersecting across millennia as women born in 20th century Syria discover striking parallels between their own experiences and those in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved and bereaved by the Trojan War. It is a marvel to watch these Syrian refugee women reinterpreting and performing a timeless Greek play. All of Syria’s diversity from the political, social and religious arenas has been extinguished by stereotypes. The voices of these women revive that diversity through the richness of their lives with a resilience that has carried them through unspeakable hardships.
At the workshops for the play all of these women, none of whom have ever acted before in their lives, take the plunge to examine their past, present and future. As the weeks go by, they gain confidence in performing and sharing their stories. We feel how difficult this process must be for them as they create a more hopeful vision of Syrians and their future.