There have been many harrowing scenes from the Syrian conflict, but perhaps one of the most affecting concerns the Syrian city of Kobane. Lying a kilometre away from the Turkish village of Maheser, both are home to predominantly Kurdish residents who have been separated by a century old border that emerged after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
As war rages in Kobane between Kurdish and Daesh forces, chants of support echo across the desert from Mahaser.
Director Reyan Tuvi sensitively and quietly settles in Kobane, in Mahaser, in camps along the border and back to Kobane, capturing moments both dramatic and simple but always significant. People are displaced, fight, reflect, rebuild and persist. And as individual and collective identities emerge No Place For Tears communicates a profound perspective on what society comes to mean in the shadow of war.
The film is being screened by the East End Film Festival (EEFF) in partnership with Women On Docs. There will be a Q&A with filmmaker Reyan Tuvi following the screening at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.
EEFF 2018 runs until 29 April with screenings taking place in a variety of venues across the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Check online for the full programme.
Title: No Place For Tears
Language: with English subtitles
Dates / start times: 20.45 on Saturday 21 April 2018
Running time: 84 minutes
Venue: Rich Mix, 5-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Admission: £10.95 / £9.95 concessions = £1.50 booking free (no bf for members)
Tickets: The film’s classification has been rated 18. Buy tickets online from Rich Mix