Sulaf Fawakhirji directs the camera at Israeli occupation

Published July 13th, 2012 - 01:30 GMT
Syrian actress Sulaf Fawakhirji  doesn't hide from politics in her directing debut
Syrian actress Sulaf Fawakhirji doesn't hide from politics in her directing debut

Syrian actress Sulaf Fawakhirji has made up her mind to try her hand at short film directing, so that she can experiene being on the other side of the camera for the first time in her career. Sulaf, never one to be camera-shy, will apply herself as director to her first film project titled “Rasael Al Karaz” (Cherry Letters) in the coming season.

Screenplay writer, Nidal Qawshaha, revealed how the actress reached got to this point, and why she was chosen for the role. Two years ago, the idea was planted in Sulaf's ambitious head over coffee. After a private meeting with the actress and her husband at one of Damascus’s coffee houses, where the concept of this alluring film project was discussed, it wasn't long before Nidal received a phone call from Sulaf pitching her desire to attempt to direct this very film.

According to a report by, Nidal was confident that Sulaf Fawakhirji's convictions and passion would see her through the challenge of taking on the socially frought and intense theme of a love under occupation. The film tackles a love affair between a couple living under Israeli occupation in Syrian territory Golan.

The film is critical of the harsh conditions imposed by Israeli occupiers, and the love affair is not spared the suffering of such a reality. It all ends 'sadly' due to the political trials faced.

A Palestinian in Golan

Seasoned writer Nidal shares that the story reflects on the longstanding bond between Syrians and Palestinians through the character of leading actor, Syrian Ghassan Masoud who plays a Palestinian living in Golan.

Alongside Ghassan Masoud, ingenue Sulaf has appointed fresh college graduates to play the key roles of the two lovers.


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