Itab Azzam in conversation with Martha Sharp, Runa Jarjour and Suzan Meryem Rosita.

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Itab Azzam is a filmmaker, author and activist. In 2016 she produced the BAFTA winning documentary series Exodus Our Journey to Europe (BBC, PBS, Canal+) documenting the journeys of refugees fleeing war. She directed the award winning feature documentary We Are Not Princesses (Amazon), a film telling the story of a group of Syrian women who came together to create a theatre piece based on Sophocles' Antigone. In 2021 she founded Makani a charity working to create therapy and empowerment for women refugees through Art and education. She is also a cofounder of Sabbara, a social enterprise helping Syria women refugees with employment and co-author of the bestselling Syria: Recipes from Home, which combined refugees stories with traditional recipes. Itab is currently working on a long form feature documentary documenting the journey of Syrian girl growing up in Germany for release in 2023.

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The Syria Writes Literary Festival will run from Saturday 30 October to Friday 26 November. It will feature public talks from Syrian authors and activists and intimate lunch-time conversations with some of Syria’s most beloved authors. The Festival is co-hosted by Suzan Meryem Rosita, Curator of Syria and Silence, and Mohamed-Salah Omri, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature.

Brought to you by the Syria and Silence Project

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