MANAZIL BELA ABWAB

by Avo Kaprealian
HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS

Informations

Nation: Siria, Lebanon

Year: 2016

Length: 90'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

The film portrays the changes in the life of an Armenian family on Aleppo’s frontline in Al Midan, an area that gave shelter to the persecuted Armenians one hundred years ago and today to many displaced Syrians. From the balcony of his home, the director films with a small camera the changes in his neighbourhood and his own family, interweaving his images with extracts from classical films to illustrate the parallels between the Armenian genocide and Syrians’ reality today. [cg]

Director

Avo Kaprealian

Avo   Kaprealian

Avo Kaprealian (Aleppo, Syria, 1986) is from a Syrian-Armenian family. He left his hometown to study theater at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, where he graduated in 2011. He took part in several film workshops organized by DocMed, Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts and Screen Beirut and dedicated to the development of film ideas. Before directing his feature documentary Houses Without Doors, which he filmed entirely by himself and that is his first feature-length film, he has directed one short entitled Just Two Steps Too, that was shown at the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival.

Filmography:
Just Two Steps Too (cm, doc., 2012), Manazil bela abwab (Houses Without Doors, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, sceneggiatura, fotografia/director, screenplay, cinematography
Avo Kaprealian
montaggio/film editing
Raya Yamisha
musica/music
Samer Saem Eldahr (Hello Psychaleppo)
suono/sound
Avo Kaprealian, Raya Yamisha, Raed Younan
produttori/producers
Mohammad Ali Atassi, Christin Luettich
produzione/production
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts


contatti/contacts
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts
Christin Luettich
leb.coordinator@bidayyat.org
www.bidayyat.org

Director statement

“To me, the importance of this film lies in its importance as a document, a true involvement in what I and others lived through, the thesis of the absence of justice for my forefathers who were murdered one hundred years ago, and my fear that this lack of justice will be repeated with the Syrian people. It is a fear of that there is no justice at all. But, as a Syrian director I believe that the revolution, any revolution […] grew and spread to every aspect of life, including the arts. Our films must be revolutionary: radical in what they propose, extreme in their form.”

Synopsis Learn more

The film portrays the changes in the life of an Armenian family on Aleppo’s frontline in Al Midan, an area that gave shelter to the persecuted Armenians one hundred years ago and today to many displaced Syrians. From the balcony of his home, the director films with a small camera the changes in his neighbourhood and his own family, interweaving his images with extracts from classical films to illustrate the parallels between the Armenian genocide and Syrians’ reality today. [cg]

Director All about direction

Avo Kaprealian

Avo   Kaprealian

Avo Kaprealian (Aleppo, Syria, 1986) is from a Syrian-Armenian family. He left his hometown to study theater at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, where he graduated in 2011. He took part in several film workshops organized by DocMed, Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts and Screen Beirut and dedicated to the development of film ideas. Before directing his feature documentary Houses Without Doors, which he filmed entirely by himself and that is his first feature-length film, he has directed one short entitled Just Two Steps Too, that was shown at the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival.

Filmography:
Just Two Steps Too (cm, doc., 2012), Manazil bela abwab (Houses Without Doors, doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, sceneggiatura, fotografia/director, screenplay, cinematography
Avo Kaprealian
montaggio/film editing
Raya Yamisha
musica/music
Samer Saem Eldahr (Hello Psychaleppo)
suono/sound
Avo Kaprealian, Raya Yamisha, Raed Younan
produttori/producers
Mohammad Ali Atassi, Christin Luettich
produzione/production
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts


contatti/contacts
Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts
Christin Luettich
leb.coordinator@bidayyat.org
www.bidayyat.org

Director statement Read more

“To me, the importance of this film lies in its importance as a document, a true involvement in what I and others lived through, the thesis of the absence of justice for my forefathers who were murdered one hundred years ago, and my fear that this lack of justice will be repeated with the Syrian people. It is a fear of that there is no justice at all. But, as a Syrian director I believe that the revolution, any revolution […] grew and spread to every aspect of life, including the arts. Our films must be revolutionary: radical in what they propose, extreme in their form.”