Ballad for Syria

Ballad For Syria (Film Screening): 'Ballad for Syria' is a film that narrates poetic stories in short stanzas, hence a self-reflective musical documentary that mirrors the life of Maisa Alhafez, a musician and a Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. It is about her longing to be with her loved ones as she tries to make a place for herself in the world of the displaced. Confronted by a challenging EU-Turkey border regime and unable to reach her true love (fiancé) in the Netherlands, Maisa builds a multicultural choir. By bringing together a diverse family that sings together, Maisa believes that through music and love one can heal the wounds of her people and children. Hosted by the Woolf Institute, there will also be a discussion and Q+A with Maisa Alhafez and Eda Elif Tibet on the making of the film, looking at the role of music in fostering a sense of cultural identity in diaspora. Taking place 29 October, 2018 at the Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB.