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A Syrian Love Story - Distribution


Cinema Politica is proud to be the Canadian distributor of A SYRIAN LOVE STORY, the award-winning, controversial documentary from Sean McAllister. Filmed over 5 years, A SYRIAN LOVE STORY charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other. Watch the film's trailer and learn more here and visit the official film site here.


After leaving school at 16 Sean McAllister worked in a series of low-paid low-skilled factory jobs in his hometown of Hull before finding a camera and filming his way into the National Film and Television School (NFTS), graduating in 1996. Since then he has made films for both the BBC and Channel 4; working in the UK and internationally. His candid, frank films depict with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but who are survivors; intelligent and resourceful people caught-up in a world of political turmoil and personal conflict.

In 2005 his remarkable film ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad‘ about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sean is much more than a dispassionate fly-on-the-wall observer of other peoples’ lives, there is a fly-in-the-soup (Vérité) approach to his film-making, he becomes involved, he intervenes, he asks the questions which often provoke his subjects (and himself) into insights, thoughts, and realisations which they never knew they had.

From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998) (both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards), to his more recent successes, such as his Sundance Jury Prize-winning (2005) film The Liberace Of Baghdad, plus Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate, ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary‘ and now A Syrian Love Story Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

“My duty as a filmmaker is to get beyond the performance” – Sean McAllister

“One of the most brave and powerful filmmakers around.” Michael Moore

“Sean McAllister makes filming look easy.” – Nick Fraser



To book A SYRIAN LOVE STORY for a film festival, a grassroots screening, an educational license and more, simply follow this link to our online booking form, fill in the fields and press send! We'll get back to you in a jiffy.  


Toronto, ON
- March 29, 2017, 8 PM, Human Rights Watch Film Festival Toronto, TIFF Bell Lightbox

Fredericton, NM
- Feb 10, 2017, 7 PM, Cinema Politica Fredericton & Refugees Welcome Federation, St. Thomas University, Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103

Fredericton, NM
- Feb 8, 2017, 6 PM, Cinema Politica Fredericton & Refugees Welcome Federation, Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Toronto, ON
- Jan 15, 2017, Aga Khan Museum

Calgary, AB
- Nov 16, 2016, Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

Fredericton, NB
- Feb 4, 2016, 6:15 PM
, Cinema Politica Fredericton, St. Thomas University, Brian Mulroney Hall Room 103

Ottawa, ON
- Feb 4, 2016, 6:15 PM
, Cinema Politica Ottawa, Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

Toronto, ON
- Feb 2, 2016, 6 PM
, Cinema Politica @ The Bloor, 506 Bloor Street W

Montreal, QC
- Feb 1, 2016, 7 PM
, Cinema Politica Concordia, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W, Room H-110