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Everyday Life in a Syrian Village (al-Hayat al-Yaomiyyah fi Qaryah Suriyyah)

Omar Amiralay

Omar Amiralay|Syria |1974 |85’|B&W |English subtitles

The first documentary to present an unabashed critique of the impact of the Syrian government’s agricultural and land reforms, this film delivers a powerful jab at the state’s conceit of redressing social and economic inequities.
Interviews reveal the contrast between the peasants’ regard for the state and the attitude of state representatives towards those peasants. The film remains banned in Syria.