Under The Sky Of Damascus

88 minutes | United States, Denmark, Germany, Syria | 2023


In Damascus, a collective of young female actresses come together to research the topic of harassment. Using the moving anonymous statements of countless women, the group plans to create a stage play that aims to shake taboos.

Director Bio:

Director: Talal Derki, Heba Khaled, Ali Wajeeh

Heba Khaled

Heba Khaled was born in Damascus and studied Arabic Literature at Damascus University. She worked as freelance fixer for CNN, and Reuters in Damascus and Beirut between 2011 and 2013 and worked as a writer and executive producer on these and other Arab media channels.

In 2014, she started in her first short-film People of the Wasteland. The same year, she moved to Berlin where she assisted the filmmaker Talal Derki in the direction of his film Of Fathers and Sons, which won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in 2018 and was Oscar-nominated for Best Documentary Feature in 2020.

Her short film People of the Wasteland received more than 16 international awards and was illegible to the Oscar 2019.

Talal Derki

Talal Derki was born in Damascus (1977) and has been based in Berlin since 2013. He studied film directing in Athens.

Talal Derkis short films and feature length documentaries received many awards at various festivals. Both of his films Return to Homs and Of Fathers and Sons won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and 2018.

He was Oscar nominated for a Academy Award and winner of the German Film Awards (Lola) in 2019 for Of Fathers and Sons. He became member of the Academy same year.

Ali Wajeeh

Ali Wajeeh was born in Lattakia (1985) has been working as film critic for Arab newspapers and websites for many years. Wrote several Arab TV series, award-winning short movies, and plays.

With his extensive knowledge of Syrian and Arab film production, he has also been drama consultant for production companies and platforms.