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Purple Sea (12A*) + ScreenTalk

Syrian Arts and Culture Festival 2023

Still from Purple Sea

The haunting documentary composed of footage filmed on a wrist camera, when a boat on the Mediterranean Sea carrying 300 people begins to sink

Escaping war in Syria, artist Amel Alzakout and 300 others were forced to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a smugglers' boat. Half-way to reaching the coast of Lesbos, the boat sank. Her waterproof camera, strapped to her wrist, intended to document the journey, recorded an atrocity.

Muffled images, saturated by the brilliant sun tell a story of emergency. Amel’s poetic narration throughout the film leads us into the stream-of-consciousness, questioning her surrounding reality, and aiding her survival. Floating between borders with no welcome, forty-two people lost their lives in this tragedy.

This screening will be followed by a ScreenTalk with Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed, the directors of Purple Sea.


Germany 2020 dir. Amel Alzakout and Khaled Abdulwahed 67 min

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