BALLAD FOR SYRIA

 Award-Wining Musical Documentary by Eda Elif Tibet & Maisa Alhafez, 2017

A ballad, narrates poetic stories in short stanzas, hence this self-reflective musical documentary mirrors’ the life of Maisa Alhafez a musician and a Syrian refugee living in Istanbul. The film is about her longing to her loved ones as she tries to make a place for her self in the world of the displaced. Her family still in Syria, Maisa's true love (fiance) is in the Netherlands. As of the current EU-Turkey border regime, to unite is very challenging. Not giving up, Maisa works hard for her vision to transform the borders; by building a multicultural community “The oriental Istanbul Mosaic Choir”. A diverse family that sings together, in which she believes through music and love one can heal the wounds of her people and children.

AWARDS & SCREENINGS

  • Award of Recognition, by Hollywood Independent Documentary Film Festival, May 2017, California (USA).

  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Free Speech, by Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India, May 2017.

  • official selection at DOCUMENTARIST , Istanbul-Turkey, June 2017

  • Official selection at DOCfeed, Eindhoven ,The Netherlands February 2017

  • Official Selection at Impact DOCS Awards May 2017, Italy

  • Roma Cinema Doc, Italy, June 2017

  • official selection, Largo Film Festival 2017

  •  XXVI International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia. October 10-14 th, 2017.

  • Debut Theater, Tropen Museum Amsterdam theater cinema house, Nov 12, 2017

  • Erase & Rewind Photography and film screening exhibition, TAK Yeldegirmeni 25 October 2017

  • Istanbul ınternational architectural and urban Films festival, 28 October 2017

  • Emerging filmmakers Official Selection at Global Migration Film Festival , December 2017

  • UN Geneva special screening , Switzerland February 2018

  • Impact-Hub Istanbul ,2017

  • Ethnokino, Reitschule in der kino , Bern Switzerland , 2018

  • Koc University Istanbul June 2017

  • Bogazici University Nov 2017

  • Binghampton University, Nov2017 New York USA