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- HALA ALABDALLA
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Biography
Born in Hama, Syria, in 1956, she studied Agronomy at the University of Damascus. When just 20, she took sides against the regime in her country and had to face a 14-month detention for political reasons. In 1981 she moved to Paris where she studied genetics, anthropology, and cinema eventually. She participated in Venice in 2006 with her first feature Ana alati tahmol Azouhour ila qabriha (I Am the One Who Brings Flowers to Her Own Grave) co-directed with Ammar el-Beik, the first Syrian film ever in the history of the Venice Film Festival; the film screened in the Orizzonti section and was awarded the Doc/It prize. The second film Hey! La tensi el kamoun (Hey! Don't Forget the Cumin, 2008) combined fiction and documentary in order to tell the stories of three characters among whom is the Syrian narrator, Jamil Hatmal. Her latest work is the documentary Comme si nous attrapions un cobra (2012), focused on Syrian artists who use caricatures and drawings in their quest for freedom.
FILMS PRESENTED IN VENICE:
2006 – Ana alati tahmol Azouhour ila qabriha (I am the one who brings flowers to her own grave) – Orizzonti (director, screenplay, cinematography)

JURIES:
2007 - Orizzonti (member)

 



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