A MEMORY IN KHAKI
Alfoz Tanjour | Syria, Qatar 2016 | 108 Min. | OmeU
“Strangely, as soon as I arrived with my family at a modest refugee camp in the heart of Europe, I started to seek refuge in my memories. The memories I had left at our doorstep over there. But the images this time were faint…fast…broken. They were all in khaki; images of the bitter hideaway years endured by Sanaa in Damascus, the lingering nights that Ibrahim spent in a dark prison, the deep persisting pain suffered by Khalid in exile, and the dream of a free homeland which is all that remains for Shadi!!”
A Memory in Khaki is a cry out breath for that which is embattled inside the spirits of individuals who lived under the Syrian oppressive regime. The auteur’s personal narrative is interwoven with those of other Syrian characters who were forced, because of their political beliefs, to leave the country before or after the revolution. The film sheds light on years of silence, fear and terror, and it dives into the stories which were behind the eruption of the Syrian society and the start of its revolution. It is a Syrian account which, by laying out the past, tells the story of the future.