As part of Hailweed, a series of video work produced within the context of the Syria Mobile Phone Festival is currently on display at Auto Italia. The Festival positions the mobile camera as a key tool in peaceful struggle and free expression both in and outside Syria, and through the project works to create a unique platform to encourage professional directors and amateurs in making creative films via mobile phone cameras with low budgets. As well as screenings of work for local audiences in Syria, and international tours of work outside, SMFF creates training and development opportunities for young directors through grants and workshops, creating a new system of production and distribution of moving image.
On July 28th (7-9pm), we will be hosting a special screening with Syria Mobile Phone Festival, sharing work that is not available to view in Hailweed, and creating the opportunity for discussion and debate with one of the SMFF organisers: writer and researcher Zaher Omareen.
Tickets for the event are free, but booking is essential via Eventbrite.
The films currently on display within Hailweed (running Thursdays-Sundays, 12-5pm until July 17th), available to watch in full, are: One Precious Thing by Ayaz Ismail, The Architect by Mujahid Abu Aloud, A Real Dream by Ziad Adwan, Barbed Wire by Aktham Alwany, Walking Towards Death by Ammar Abdo, Hide Your Phone by Milad Amin, A Day in Syria by And Quntar and Cluster by Hasan Kattan. The following photoset shares stills from the films listed above in order.