LA DOLCE SIRIA

LA DOLCE SIRIA

An Italian circus comes to Syria but it’s unlikely it has ever been to Rimini. Instead of bringing the children joy, the audience has to witness a lion mangle an animal trainer. People are used to bombs, not fireworks, and Fellini is far away. The ‘vita’ is not ‘dolce’ in Syria, Federico! The circus is boring. And I miss you. I forgot to tell you this earlier: ‘Lion’ in Arabic is ‘Al Assad’”.

Ammar Al-Beik (Damasco, Syria, 1972) is a visual artist and film- maker living in Berlin. His films have screened in numerous in- ternational festivals, including Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Oberhausen. His artwork has shown in diverse exhibits world- wide and is part of public (at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the MOMA in New York) and private collections.

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