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A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

This documentary is a chronicle of a revolution and war, experienced by the famous Syrian actor Fares Helou. Fares’ life changed radically when he joined the people in the streets of Damascus calling for the fall of the Syrian regime. He immediately had to go underground, and director Rami Farah joined him in hiding with a camera. When Fares had to flee from Syria to France, Rami followed him. However, neither the actor nor the director had a script for the new chapter in their lives: exile. A chapter full of questions, disappointments and alienation, but also of absurdity and cultural confusion that calls for laughter. “A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy” is an intimate observation of the psychological violence and the exiled existence experienced by the director and his favorite actor.



Denmark, France, Norway, Qatar, Jordan.


Arabic and French with English subtitles

95 minutes 


Director: Rami Farah

Producers: Signe Byrge Sørensen, Lyana Saleh, Cindy Le Templier.

Cinematography: Rami Farah

Editing: Gladys Joujou




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