Film-Essay on the Euphrates Dam (Film-Muhawalah ‘An Sadd al-Furat), 1970, 12 min

Omar Amiralay, (1944 - 2011)

Documentary, Historic Film, Special Presentations

Amiralay’s first short film is an enthusiastic and lyrical depiction of the Ba’athist regime’s construction of the Assad dam on the Euphrates River. Its cinematic exuberance with regard to large-scale economic development projects is reminiscent of Soviet films of the late 1920s and early 1930s.


Directed by Omar Amiralay ((1944 - 2011))


Saturday, March 31 3:00pm

Films by Omar Amiralay

Three films by Omar Amiralay (1944–2011), Syria’s greatest documentary filmmaker, presented by Irina Leimbacher.  The program includes Tabaq el-Sardin (A Plate of Sardines, 1997), Amiralay's powerful reflection on personal and

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)