Forty-year-old Syrian cinematographer Jamal is obsessed with the idea of losing his past. He has been living in France for a decade, and is now confronted with so many places from his memory being abandoned or destroyed, and his friends spread all over the world. Jamal decides to travel to different European cities to connect to the people of his past, and travels into the past in his research covering the period of the birth of the Syrian state in the early twentieth century. Gradually he weaves fragments and snippets of narratives into a reflection of how we can possibly understand the present. Under A Low Sky is a succession of unusual, unexpected, familiar or impossible meetings, taking us to a febrile mood of grasping and losing memory and a sense of self.
Wael Ali is a leading Syrian writer, dramaturg and director, based in Lyon whose work has been shown internationally, including at Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Toneelhuis in Antwerp, Journées Théâtrales de Carthage, Tunis.
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