BETH NAHRIN — The first documentary that chronicles the extermination of three million Christians by the Ottoman Empire, Souls in Transit, will compete in the 6th edition of the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival.
The documentary tells the events of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Empire against the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), Armenian, and Greek peoples. It narrates the events of the Sayfo Genocide documented by witnesses’ testimonies and links those events, as tragic continuation, with the current conflicts.
The documentary includes interviews with public personalities who were affected by the genocide after survival, such as Aida Shimon, Zio Rhawi, Yahkub Qasho Malke, and Gorgis Shabo Afram.
Un nouveau documentaire qui raconte le génocide de 3 millions de chrétiens par les ottomans en 1915, "Soul in Transit" réalisé par Aida Shlefer, irako-libanaise. Ce film a participé au festival d’Aswan la semaine dernière. #chretiensdOrient #Saifo pic.twitter.com/ec33iVataG
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The documentary is directed by Aida Schlafer, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She studied Media Art and Design in Zürich, Switzerland, and completed advanced studies in Film Directing at the Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt.