A Syrian Love Story

Sean McAllister   |   Calgary Premiere


About the Film

Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison cell 15 years ago. When McAllister first meets their family in 2009, Raghda is back in prison leaving Amer to look after their 4 boys alone; but as the ‘Arab Spring’ sweeps the region, the family’s fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over 5 years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.


UN Sustainable Development Goal #11:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. 

Film Information

Year: 2015
Length: 78min
Language: Arabic, French with English Subtitles
Country: Syria, France
Premiere: Calgary
Genre: Human Rights

Cast & Credits

Director: Sean McAllister
Producer: Sean McAllister


Locations & Showtimes


Wednesday November 16   |   7:00PM
Calgary Public Library Central - John Dutton Theatre

Free Admission



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Mahmoud Aljumaa is 28 years old and was born in Lattakia, a Syrian city on the Mediterranean. Mahmoud lived there until 2014, graduating from Tishreen university in Lattakia with a BA in English/Arabic translation. Working in education, as a translator for a large Syrian company, and as an English teacher to all levels and ages, Mahmoud also volunteered for almost a year teaching children with special needs such as Autism and Down's syndrome.  A lover of language, Mahmoud sees them as a very valuable bridge of communication between people from different backgrounds. After a harrowing experience and difficult journey, Mahmoud moved to Turkey where he managed to settle and work in Istanbul as an English teacher and an interpreter.  Mahmoud moved to Canada on July 11, 2016, and has been establishing life in a new home country ever since.