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Haunted (Maskoun)


Wed, 09/06/2017 - 7:00pm


Part of the Fall 2017 Film Series: Displacement: Refugee Stories

Location: Cesar E. Chavez Building, Room 111 (1110 James E. Rogers Way, Tucson, AZ 85719)

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From the Torch Film Synopsis:

As the Syrian Civil War began to slowly bear down on Damascus, its residents were forced to decide whether to stay and protect their homes or to flee and leave everything behind.

Some residents appear perpetually ready to leave, but seem to be staying nevertheless.  They ask themselves how many artillery shellings are too many.  The simple act of deciding which family heirlooms to pack carries a sense of loss.  Some who had hoped to have finally found home, recognize fleeing as part of a pattern they've experienced throughout their lives in the Middle East.  They are unsure if they will have the energy to rebuild from nothing again.

Some make their way to Beirut, and others to various camps in the desert.  One plans for exile in the Golan Heights.  As they reflect on their experiences, they know the loss of what they are leaving behind, but not where they are going.  Some feel they have become vacant like their spaces, or haunted by what they've already forgotten.

Haunted is the first feature film by Liwaa Yazji.  She is also an accomplished poet and playwright.

Liwaa Yazji

Country of Origin 

Arabic (English Subtitles)

Year/ Length 
2014/ 117 min

Zoe Kosoff