Syrian documentary film (Orient Spirit), written and directed by al-Mohanad Kulthum , won the Best Director Award at the conclusion of the activities of the 5th session of Al Noor International Film Festival, which started on May 25 to 27 in Casablanca, Morocco.
Ten feature films and short documentaries from several countries participated in the festival, which is organized by al-Nour Features Association for Cultures and Arts.
The film, Decodrama, documents a number of elements of the intangible heritage in Syria, distributed over practices, rituals and ceremonies, as well as the arts and traditions of performing performances, traditions and forms of oral expression.
In addition to the knowledge and practices related to nature and the universe, which are part of the cultural heritage that is transmitted from one generation to another, and provides people with a sense of identity and continuity.
“This film is a cinematic document for the intangible heritage, which is essentially a living heritage in its various spiritual aspects that drive generational ideas that have reached us”, in a statement to SANA, Kulthum said.
Kulthum noted that the name of the film “Orient Spirit” has come from the heritage which is the spirit of society, including customs, traditions, rituals, celebrations, folk costumes and forms of oral expression.
He pointed out that our rich Syrian heritage gives us life and continuity as part of the belonging component of our identity and our cultural diversity.
The script of the film was written by writer Ansaf Sulaitin, director of photography Safwan al-Shaer and narrator Mowafaq al-Ahmad, production director Bassam Khadam, montague and graphics by Firas Fouad Jdeed.
Source: Syrian Arab News Agency