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by Lina al Abed


Asmaa', the granddaughter of former Mufti of Syria, says “I wasn’t aware what marriage was, when I got married on the age of 16. When one of my girls menstruates, I celebrate the event… a full-blown celebration, I think that would alleviate her anxiety”. Lina, a Christian 48 year-old; and a daughter of a well-known liberal family, says “I still don’t know my body that well.” Questions and answers take us into the close details of how two outstanding women and the filmmaker understand their relationship with their bodies and the society. Thoughts and feelings, what it means to be a woman in Syria.

international title: Damascus, My First Kiss
original title: Damascus, My First Kiss
country: Syria, Qatar, Lebanon
sales agent: Proaction Film
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Lina al Abed
film run: 42'
cinematography by: Joude Gorani
film editing: Andrijana Stojković, Rami Nihawi
producer: Lina al Abed
production: SakaDo Productions/Lebanon, Proaction Film
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