JUNOON // Film:: A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

Junoon Festival will present four films focused on different approaches, stories and experiences related to cultural barriers, immigration and identity.

Junoon is glad to invite you to see the first movie:

A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

As one of the most famous film and television actors in Syria, Fares Helou’s political opinions aren’t taken lightly by the Assad regime. When he stands by pro-democracy protesters in 2011, Fares makes a difference. Meanwhile, the highest ranking officials of the dictatorial regime try to win him over with a dual strategy: first by showing him respect, and then with masked threats. Fearing for his life and his family’s safety, Helou leaves the country. But as soon as he’s settled in Paris with his family, the pain of exile starts, along with an obsessive need to remain connected to Syria and to find a way to contribute. For Helou, exile means that his celebrity status now only survives on the internet, through social networks. While the family tries to find its footing in a totally new space and culture, the need to remain faithful to the dream of a free and democratic Syria becomes a matter of integrity-an existential quest.

20:00 // Free entrance

These measures are necessary due to the Corona regulations for the festival:
– We will record your contact details and the times of your visit.

– You need for entrance either a proof for a negative test within the last 24 hours, that you are fully vaccinated or recovered.

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