Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Pipe Dreams (Pipe Dreams)

Arab Short Film Competition

Ali Cherri / Short Documentary / Lebanon, France / 2012 / 7 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Politics, History, Based on a True Story, Docufiction
MENA Premiere


Two moments in the history of contemporary Syria that echo the situation across all Arab countries: a memorable phone call between Syrian cosmonaut Muhammed Faris and late Syrian president Hafez al-Assad, and the removal of a statue of al-Assad by today’s Syrian government to prevent its destruction by demonstrators.

About the Directors

Born in Beirut in 1976, Ali Cherri is a Paris-based visual artist and filmmaker whose works have been exhibited at galleries around the word, and screened at film festivals in Edinburgh, Rotterdam and Toronto. His films include ‘Un cercle autour du soleil’ (2005), ‘Untitled’ (2006) and ‘You’ (2008).


Ali Cherri

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