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The Stranger
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A person in a green coat sits at their kitchen table, writing something by candlelight
The Stranger, dir. Ameer Fakher El-Din, Syria / Palestine / Qatar / Germany 2021, 113 min., Arabic with English subtitles

In a small village in the occupied Golan Heights, the life of a desperate unlicensed doctor going through an existential crisis takes another unlucky turn when he encounters a man wounded in the war in Syria.

The occupied Syrian Golan is often referred to as the forgotten occupation. More than fifty years after its occupation by Israel in 1967, the plight of the Syrian population is unknown to many. The Stranger, Ameer Fakher El-Din’s humanistic first feature, shines a spotlight on the physical and psychological impact of life under occupation.
Ameer Fakher El-Din is a writer and director based in Hamburg. He was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1991 to Syrian parents from the occupied Golan Heights.

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