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September 2018

Syrian Doc Days – Oslo

September 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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Syrian Doc Days - Oslo What Syria Was and What it Must Not Be In this first ever Syrian Doc Days in Oslo we will take a deep look into the Syrian society under the authoritarian rule of the Baath party and the Assad regime. Through documentary films and discussions we will examine the relationship between the Syrian state and its citizens and how Syrians under the one-party rule were subjected to systematic censorship and institutionalized humiliation. On the last…

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October 2018

The Question of Syria – Doomed by Hope

October 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 12, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29
Oslo, Oslo 0167 Norway
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For the fourth year in a row, SPACE welcomes you to the annual conference The Question of Syria. During two days of talks, panel discussions and short film screenings, activists, academics, artists and writers will share their reflections on everyday hope as practiced and lived by ordinary people with focus on Syrians and Palestinians. The Question of Syria 2018 - Doomed by Hope takes its cue from the famous last line of Saadallah Wannous' speech on World Theater Day (1996):…

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Concert with Simona Abdallah

October 12, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Melahuset, Mariboes gate 8
Oslo, 0183 Norway
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SPACE and Mela invite you to a special concert with the internationally-acclaimed percussionist Simona Abdallah concluding The Question of Syria - Doomed by Hope conference. Simona plays Arabic percussion, primarily the Darbuka, a goblet-shaped drum. She fuses her ancestral Arabic rhythms with House, Electronica and World music. The Darbuka is considered solely a masculine instrument, and is traditionally always played by men. That makes Simona the first female musician from an Arabic background to break the tradition with an internationally…

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November 2018

Freedom to Remember/Create – Oslo World Seminars

November 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6
Oslo, Oslo 0181 Norway
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Syrian artists Khaled Barakeh and Diala Brisly will discuss their artistic practices and processes, what it means to create within contexts of oppression and exile; physically dispersed yet under a shared collective experience. They will also discuss contemporary artistic expression by other Syrian artists in the Middle East, across the diaspora and from those who have recently relocated to new realities. How do the arts preserve cultural heritage? What narratives do they create? How do the arts and creative sector…

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Mapping Home – Oslo World Workshop

November 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kulturhuset, Youngs gate 6
Oslo, Oslo 0181 Norway
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Maps have been extensively used to tell stories and to show how the stories relate to a place. Equally, narratives have contributed to the shaping and production of a place. How do we make sense of a place that we no longer can visit? What places do we remember and long for? What narratives live in these places and what can they tell about us and about “home”? How do we begin to discover and become acquainted with a new…

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December 2018

Jul på arabisk – عيد الميلاد بالعربي

December 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Melahuset, Mariboes gate 8
Oslo, 0183 Norway
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  Jul på arabisk er en kveld fylt med historier, minner, musikk, sanger og samtaler om hvordan jul feires i noen arabiske land. Kvelden vil by på muligheten til å utforske den rike kulturarven fra midtøsten og å lære mer om norsk kulturhistorie. Bli med for å høre Mariam Kirollos (Egypt), Nadim Khoury (Palestina), Sameh Rabahia (Syria), og andre dele med oss sine helt spesielle minner fra julefeiringene hjemmefra. Det vil bli sang, dans og mingling! Velkommen! Arrangementet foregår på…

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February 2019

Privacy of Wounds

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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Hasan, Mazen, and Khaldoon are former prisoners of conscience from some of Syria’s most notorious prisons. Convinced that the three strangers will communicate openly and honestly with each other, the director observes them from the outside of a simulated prison cell in Oslo, using three remote-controlled cameras. Despite the horrors they experienced in captivity in Syria, these men never gave up hope for a brighter future. Dalia Kury’s documentary raises awareness about how the three men apprehend their own state…

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March 2019

The Silence of Others – No Peace without Justice

March 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cinemateket, Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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In collaboration with HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival and Nobel Peace Center The Silence of Others A shocking history about how the lack of justice after the dictatorship of Franco’s regime in Spain has forced hundreds of thousands of victims and their families to stay silent about their suffering, even today. A turning point came in 2010, when a group of courageous survivors and their families circumvented the Spanish justice system, with aid from an Argentinian court, where they accused…

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Still Recording

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Kino Vika, Ruseløkkveien 14
Oslo, 0251 Norway
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I samarbeid med Arabiske filmdager og Norsk PEN inviterer vi til visning av Still Recording + samtale med regissøren på lørdag den 23 mars kl. 16.00. Filmen følger to kunststudenter i Douma, en forstad som kontrolleres av opprørere mot regimet. I en periode på over fire år følger vi de to vennene og deres omgangskrets og alt de går igjennom: sult, angrep og beleiring, men også latter, fest og en utrettelig tro på det gode i mennesker. Still Recording vant…

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May 2019

Flowers from the Rubble: Remembering Raed Fares

May 26 @ 6:00 pm - June 1 @ 12:00 pm
Vega Scene, Hausmanns gate 30
Oslo, 0182 Norway
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At this year’s Oslo Freedom Forum, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), in partnership with The Syria Campaign, SPACE, and Vega Scene, will feature an experiential exhibition in honor of Raed Fares, a Syrian pro-democracy activist, citizen journalist, and civil society leader who was assassinated in November 2018 in Idlib, north-west Syria. Fares was a speaker at the 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum. Two years later, we are honoring his work and what he stood for with a memorial while highlighting the…

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