Ladder to Damascus is being shown as part of Duke University's Screen/Society—Middle East Film Series: Arts of the Revolution.
A Syrian film shot in Damascus months after the outbreak of the 2011 insurgency, under a shroud of secrecy and at great risk to the crew, Ladder to Damascus is a searing drama that weaves fiction and documentary with elements of the fantastical. In a century-old home in the center of the city, twelve young Syrians from across the country rent rooms, having moved to the capital in pursuit of studies or professional ambition after the insurgency broke out in the countryside. Huddled within the confines of the elegant house as the uprising gradually erupts in the city, they can no longer ignore the calls for freedom. Ladder to Damascus is a captivating window into the psyche of ordinary Syrians grappling with a historic upheaval.
Beginning with an homage to the late Omar Amiralay, a fearless Syrian dissident and documentary filmmaker, Ladder to Damascus concludes that emancipation can only spring from love, and revolution from desire. c. TIFF
This screening is FREE and open to the public.
Directed by: Mohammad Malas, 2013.
Screenplay by: Samer Mohamad Ismail and Mohammad Malas
In Arabic with English subtitles.
Running Time: 1 hrs 35 mins.
Show time at 7:00 PM. We'll meet outside the auditorium about 15 mins before, then find seats together. Afterwards, we can grab a bite to eat at Alivia's Durham Bistro at 900 W Main St.
Parking Info: There is parking for White Hall on Campus Dr or nearby street parking in neighborhood on W Trinity Ave. There is free parking across the street for Alivia's for those that are interested in post film gathering.