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Ladder to Damascus

سلم إلى دمشق

Ladder to Damascus (Sulam Ila Dimashq)

Ghalia is possessed by Zeina’s spirit. Haunted by the life of a girl, who drowned the day she was born, Ghalia travels to Damascus, where she studies acting. There, she meets Fouad, an aspiring film-maker who becomes fascinated by Ghalia's duality. He takes her under his wing and helps her find a place to live. Fouad's love for Ghalia and Zeina blossoms, while the tumultuous events in Syria start unfolding in the streets around them and gradually encroaches on their idyllic isolation.

fiction, Mohamad Malas, Syria/Lebanon/Qatar 2013, Arabic with English subtitles, Colour, 97 minutes
Director Mohammad Malas | Producer Georges Schoucair | Scriptwriter Mohammad Malas, Samer Mohamed Ismail | Cinematographer Joude Gorani | Editor Ayhan Ergursel | Composer Toufic Farroukh, Charbel Haber | Cast Najla El Wazza, Bilal Martini, Gianna Aanid

from the press
With his film "Ladder to Damascus", Mohammad Malas has succeeded in portraying the whole tragedy of the Syrian conflict without depicting any scenes of violence. (Qantara.de)
Mohamad Malas’ Soullam ila Dimashq [Ladder to Damascus] is therefore as much a document of an actual war as it is the fictional drama inspired from it. (tiff review)

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