EthnoKino gives a unique insight into the musical life story of Maisa Alhafez, a Syrian musician who conducts the Istanbul Oriental Mosaic choir.
The directors of the award wining film (Award of recognition from Independent Hollywood film festival and free speech award from Calcutta Cult film fest) Maisa Alhafez and Eda Elif Tibet (PhD candidate at Social Anthropology/Uni Bern) will be present at the screening. Don't miss this great opportunity to talk to them in person and take part in a musical session led by Maisa!
— BALLAD FOR SYRIA
Eda Elif Tibet and Maisa Alhafez, 2017, Turkey, 47 min
Language: E, Arabic/e
A ballad narrates poetic stories in short stanzas, hence this self-reflective musical documentary mirrors the life of Maisa Alhafez, a musician and Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. The film is about her longing to her loved ones as she tries to make a place for herself in the world of the displaced. Her family still in Syria, Maisa’s true love (fiancé) is in the Netherlands. As of the current EU-Turkey border regime, to unite is very challenging. Not giving up, Maisa works hard for her vision to transform the borders by building a multicultural community “The oriental Istanbul Mosaic Choir”. A diverse family that sings together, in which she believes through music and love one can heal the wounds of her people and children.
The admission fee is voluntary & the bar is open.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
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