Wajd — Songs of Separation

Canada | 2018 | 87 min • Documentary Feature
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Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sun, Feb 24 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:87
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amar Chebib
Producer(s):Lindsey Ridgway
Amar Chebib
Dima Alansari


Inspired by the traditional sacred music of Syria, filmmaker Amar Chebib traveled to Damascus and Aleppo in 2010. Six months later the revolution began, escalating into a bloody civil war and the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Touched by the harrowing experiences of the friends he made, Wajd transformed into the stories of three musicians turned refugees.

Over five years, we witness the struggles of Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamed as they face their traumatic past. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning in the aftermath of destruction and atrocity. Intimate footage of their daily lives weaves together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of a pre-war Syria that no longer exists.

What unfolds is a cinematic meditation on loss, yearning, and faith.

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