Join us for a Reed Society x BusBoys and Poets event: D.C. film premiere of Wajd: Songs of Separation.
Director Amar Cehbib traveled to Syria in 2010. Touched by the harrowing experiences of the friends he made, Wajd transformed into the stories of three musicians turned refugees who were forced to rebuild their lives in exile. They turned to their love of music to help them find meaning in the aftermath of destruction and atrocity. Intimate footage of their daily lives weaves together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of a pre-war Syria that no longer exists. What unfolds is a cinematic meditation on loss, yearning, and faith.
Join us for this film screening and an opportunity to meet the director of the film, Amar Chebib. Jason Hamacher, musician and founder of Lost Origins Productions, will also be present to discuss his recordings of ancient Syrian chants.