Queens of Syria (the documentary) tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war. Not one of them had ever acted before. What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War. It was a process charged with emotion and fraught with challenges, as long buried issues came to the surface, and at times the project itself hung in the balance.
Screening at 6 pm
Post-show discussion and reception follows immediately
Sponsors: UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Department of Theater; Office of Residential Life First Year Experience/Common Book; The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law; UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies; UCLA Center for the Study of Women; UCLA TFT, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media and The Critical Refugee Studies Collective.