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Syria Through a Lens: life of slain filmmaker and activist honoured

The one-year anniversary of the death of young journalist Bassel Shehadeh, who was killed in a shelling attack by Syrian government forces, will be marked by a worldwide commemoration of his life and work.

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THE LIFE AND work of a young filmmaker and activist who was killed while documenting the conflict in Syria has been honoured by a film, which aims to show the violence “from the eye of the Syrian youth who started the peaceful protest against tyranny”.

Syria Through A Lens: The life and works of film-maker Bassel Shehadeh focuses on the story of Bassel Shehadeh, a talented Syrian filmmaker, computer engineer and activist. During the Syrian uprising, Bassel organised peaceful protests in Damascus, denouncing the government’s violence against civilians.

It was while documenting the assaults and bombardments conducted by the Syrian regime’s forces on the city of Homs that he was killed on the 28 May 2012, aged just 27 years old. This poignant and brutally honest film aims to celebrate the life “of just one of those 80,000 victims of this bloody war”.

The film will be screened free of charge in Dublin’s Lighthouse cinema on Tuesday 28 May, the one-year anniversary of Bassel’s death, as part of a worldwide commemoration of his life and work. It will feature some of his films prior to the uprising, as well as unique footage of the revolution, as well as offering a compelling insight into the lives of those caught up in the ongoing conflict.

Following the screening, Razan Rshidi, a Syrian activist, blogger and researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, and former UNICEF
Syria Communication Officer, will hold a discussion panel, focusing on the role of media, social media and cinema in the Syrian revolution.

Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives and over a million of people have become refugees since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011.

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Syria Through A Lens: The life and works of film-maker Bassel Shehadeh will be shown at the Lighthouse cinema on Tuesday 28 May 2013, 6:30 pm. Tickets are free – booking is essential.

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