WFS film: ‘In Syria’


The Winona Film Society (WFS) will present “In Syria” on November 16 starting at 7 p.m. at the Winona Arts Center, 228 East Fifth Street.

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home in this 85-minute war drama made in France. A nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus, “In Syria” won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, a mother of three turns her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors in an attempt to protect them from the war raging on the streets of Damascus in the latest from director Philippe Van Leeuw.

This movie has great tension. It avoids any political comment and is better for it because it concentrates on an anonymous family who you can believe to be like any family in the world faced with terrible choices. The film, spoken in Arabic, focuses on family, filial affection, friendship and survival instincts.

Admission is $5 at the door. Patrons may bring their own treats and beverages.


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