Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced into exile in Jordan, who came together in the autumn of 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.
What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved,and bereaved by the Trojan War.
Queens of Syria had its World Premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival on October 30th 2014. The director, Yasmin Fedda, was awarded Best Director from the Arab World in the documentary film competition.
Syria: The Trojan Women was performed recently at the Tällberg Workshop @ CERN, on October 22, with 9 women from the original cast.
There will be a discussion following the screening.