The 11-10-13 Project

sop-resize-400-Untitled’11-10-13´ is a collaborative project between the Syrian filmmaker Mahmud Hassan Alhoussian and the Syrian poet Emad Al Ahmad both now a days living in Egypt as refugees. The ’11-10-13´ Project is composed by a documentary and poems about the tragic events that happened on Friday the 11th of October 2013. In that night a boat with more than 116 refugees from Syria and Palestine sank in front of the coast of Alexandria with the outcome of 12 people dead. The remaining 104 refugees are still kept at a prison/refugee camp in Alexandria. The documentary and the poems reflect on personal stories about the event while framing it within the current political policies taken by Egyptian authorities towards Syrian refugees. The aim of the ’11-10-13´ is to evolve as an event composted of film screening, poetry readying and a round table about the situation of refugees in general and the Syrians that have to flee their county in particular.

In order to make of this project a reality, We have been already working on interviews to different people that were in that boat as well as to a diverse range of Syrian refugees living in Alexandria and Cairo. Furthermore the outline of the 12 poems has already been done. In the second stage of the project which will take place from March 2014 onwards the aim will be to edit the interviews as well as to work on the 12 poems and to translate them.

We believe that ’11-10-13´ is a project that combining film, poetry and public debates can become an example of how creativity and innovation go hand in hand with the social responsibility of the artists. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and solidarity towards the experience of Syrian refugees through the documentation of the events that happened on that tragic night of the 12th October. Those tragic events will be the starting point to talk about the current situation of Syrian refugees in Egypt and the policies that the current military government is adopting towards them.

This project has been funded by The British Council.