Strange Cities Are Familiar

About The Film

A film about memories, guilt, and resilience. Inspired by the writing of Mourid Barghouti and the director's personal and family experiences, this is the story of Ashraf, a Palestinian father living in the UK, who is struggling to confront the memories that haunt him: the promises he could not keep, and the family he could not protect.
Saeed Taji Farouky
Unclassified 15+
20 mins

Screening With

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the director

Saeed Taji Farouky

Saeed Taji Farouky is a Palestinian/Egyptian/British filmmaker who has been
producing work around themes of conflict, human rights, and colonialism since 1998.
In 2011 he was selected to be a TED Senior Fellow and has been previously named
Artist-in-Residence at Tate Britain and The British Museum.
His latest feature documentary, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year, premiered at the
Berlinale 2015 where it won the Audience Choice Panorama award and the Amnesty
Human Rights Award.
His films focus on exile and the lingering trauma of conflict. He tells intimate,
personal stories with an emphasis on humanism, and its mirror image: surrealism.
Strange Cities Are Familiar is his second fiction film.

Acknowledgement of Country

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