Queens of Syria (2014)

70  mins, 2014

The film is available to stream on True Story.

Queens of Syria tells the story of fifty women from Syria, all forced  into exile in Jordan, who came together in Autumn 2013 to create and perform their own version of the Trojan Women, the timeless Ancient Greek tragedy all about the plight of women in war.

What followed was an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural contact across millennia, in which women born in 20th century Syria found a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved,and bereaved by the Trojan War.

Thanks to all the women who took part in this project and made this film possible.

Selected Press

BBC Arts How 50 Women Made Award Winning Documentary, 2015

Screen Daily - Yasmin Fedda talks Queens of Syria, 2015

Independent on Sunday Queens of Syria, exploring a modern retelling
of Euripides’s The Trojan Women,

Variety - Film Review ‘Queens of Syria’, 2014

Director – Yasmin Fedda / Editor- Greg Pittard / Music – Robin Schlochtermeier /  Sound Mix – Matt Alani / Grade – Ross Birbeck / Trailer Editor- Adam Thomas /  Producers – Itab Azzam & Georgina Paget / Executive Producers – Charlotte Eager & William Stirling /  Theatre Director – Omar Abu Sada / Actor’s trainer – Nanda Mohammad / Scenography – Bisanne Al Sharif

Screened at numerous international film festivals including Glasgow FF, Carthage FF, Dublin FF, and Abu Dhabi FF.

Commissioned by Refuge Productions. Funded by Sanad.

TV version on BBC Arabic broadcast November 2014


Winner of the Black Pearl Award for Best Documentary Director from the Arab World at Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2014

Special Mention from the UNHCR at the 3rd edition of the Human Rights Film Festival in Tunis 2014 (Human Screen Festival 2014)

UNHCR/CONARE Director’s Prize at Cinemigrante Festival, Argentina, 2015

Best Documentary Award at International Festival of Women’s Film, Sale, Morocco, 2015

Bronze Tanit for Best Documentary, Carthage Film Festival, Tunis, 2015

Safi Faye Credif Award, Unesco, Best Female Director, Carthage Film Festival, Tunis, 2015

Best Documentary Award, Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, USA, 2016

Audience award, Twin Cities Arab Film festival, USA, 2016