Society, politics & culture before 2011
“Syrian Histories” is a collection of video and audio recorded interviews with refugees residing in Lebanon and Jordan that address the culture and society of Syria in the decades preceding 2011.
Collectively, the interviews present a cultural and social narrative of Syria, and offer Syrians the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of their own history.
The interviewees are as diverse as the topics they discuss. Among the women and men, youth and elderly interviewed are professors and illiterates, industrialists and bedouins, single mothers and polygamists, worshippers and atheists, Kurds, Assyrians, Ismailis and Sunnis, to name but a few.
For the first five years of her life, Joumana Khamousie lived in Beirut. Her mother is Palestinian-Lebanese and her father Syrian, from Hama. Her father...