Film-essay on the Euphrates Dam

Film-muhawalah, an sadd al-furat

Filmová esej o přehradě na Eufratu

  • Omar Amiralay
  • Syria
  • 1970, 12 min
Color: Black and white
Language: Arabic

The construction of a dam on the Euphrates River is an example of a country’s economic development. Through grandly composed images, rhythmic editing, and aestheticized details, the director demonstrates his admiration for the interwar avant-garde. The film is a celebration of the new, while at the same time showing a traditional way of life and calling attention to working conditions; it is a refrain-like evocation of an arid country that explores the difficult lot of Syria’s rural inhabitants.

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Festival edition: 2012
Sections: Tribute Omar Amiralay
Exhibition format: DigiBeta PAL
Subtitle languages: English


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