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The Chickens (al-Dajaj)

Omar Amiralay

Omar Amiralay |Syria |1977| 40’ |B&W | English subtitles

Produced by Syrian television, this film remains banned in Syria. The inhabitants of Sadad, a village in the Syrian countryside, are seduced by promises that chicken farming will make them rich.
After they abandon their usual activities, their investment turns to disaster under the watchful gaze of government officials driving Mercedes cars. Under the guise of documenting chicken farms, the filmmaker delivers a scathing critique of his government.