Short Biography


Yaser Kassab is an award-winning filmmaker and producer from Syria based in Stockholm.
Through his documentary film trilogy, we see the different episodes of the Syrian tragedy through the personal lens.
He holds a Master’s degree in film from Gothenburg University, where his inquiry-led project focuses on exploring cinematic ways of counter image-making through a decolonial approach, to produce images that aims to encourage rethinking the predominant representation of people of colour in the Swedish media.

His films produced by Zenloop productions, a production house founded in 2014 by Yaser and and Rima Alhamedd, the company. 



















Chasing the dazzling light
“work on progress”
Film by Yaser Kassab

Filmography



After Yaser learns that his father has an unfulfilled dream of becoming a filmmaker, he decides to make a joint film with his father that challenges the distance that separates their countries of residence—Sweden and Syria. “Chasing the Dazzling Light” thus becomes a place where family members meet.





I have seen nothing, I have seen all


Duration: 19 min documentary
Production country: Syria, Lebanon, Sweden 2019
Written & Directed by: Yaser Kassab
Producer: Mohamad Ali Atassi & Yaser Kassab 
Production company: Bidayyat for Audiovisual arts & Zenloop productions
Film editor: Rima Alhamedd
Sound Mix: Bertrand Larrieu




The suburb where Yaser Kassab lives is anonymous and nondescript. Judging by the snow, the nearby woodland and the architecture, he must be somewhere in Scandinavia. But in his mind and heart, the Syrian filmmaker-in-exile is somewhere else: back in Aleppo with his family. The phone connection is bad, but it’s clear enough to hear his father telling him that the authorities have demanded his younger brother’s grave be moved. The contrast is stark between the subdued atmosphere of Kassab’s gray-lit adopted home and the jerky footage of a city destroyed by bombs and bullets. The physical distance and emotional separation only intensify each other.




Screenings:

World premiere, 50th edition of Vision du reel, official competition, April 2019
Mediteran film festival
Open city documentary festival
Carthage film festival Oct 2019
Festival dei popoli Nov 2019
Escales Documentaires nov 2019
IDFA, paradox Nov 2019
Cairo international film festival
London short film festival
AFLAM 6e Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma.
PCMMO - Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient
Toronto Arab film festival.
Leiden Shorts
Syrian Doc days, Copenhagen
Sharjah art foundation

Awards:
Best short documentary, Sharjah film platform.


Reviews:
- In Arabic

On The Edge Of Life


Duration: 45 MIn documentary
Production country: Syria, 2017
Directed by:Yaser Kassab & Rima Alhamedd
Production company: Zenloop productions
Sound Mix: Bertrand Larrieu


a Young couple of filmmakers, documents their displacement trip out of Syria, The couple’s thoughts are constantly with their family members who stay in Syria, They maintain contact through unreliable Skype connections and shattered smartphone screens, they documents the passive side of war where there is no action or violence only the endless monotony of an uncertain future, this claustrophobic personal account covers sadness, memories and the hope for a better future.




Screenings:
-World premiered, Cinema du reel film festival in the 39th edition ,Paris, March 2017,
-South America premiere , Festival EDOC - Encuentros del Otro Cine, in the16th edition, Quito, May, 2017
-Festival Silhouette, in the the16th edition, Paris, August 2017
- Italian premiere, Festival dei popoli at the 58th edition in the official selection international competition, Florence- Italy October 2017
-Official competition at the 15th edition of Tirana international film festival, Nov 2017
-Official competition at the 11th edition of Pravo ljudski film festival, Nov 2017
-Dutch premiere, IDFA in its 28th edition, paradox section, Nov 2017
-North America premiere, RIDM in it's 20th edition, Short and Medium-Length Competition, Nov 2017
-At the 18th edition of Le Mois du Film Documentaire
-Karama 8's official nominees for the Arab Network for Human Right Film Festivals (ANHAR)
-The 13th edition of Hors Pistes festival Jan 2018
-Nordic premiere at Tempo documentary film festival March, 2018
-Gabes Film Festival in the short film competition, March 2018
-Beirut art center june 2018
-Festival des cinémas arabes, documentary competition, Paris, july 2018
-BIFED - Bozcaada International Festival of Ecological Documentary, Oct 2018
-Arabisches Filmfestival, Tübingen 2018
- Le Festival du Film de Famille, Nov 2018

Awards:
-Joris Ivens / Cnap prix, which goes to a film of the First International Competition in Cinema du reel film festival.
-Best Mid-Lenght Documentary Award, in the 58th edition of Festival dei Popoli.
-*Best documentary and Best mid-length documentary at the 15th edition of Tirana Film Festival.
-Prix du jury du 13ème Festival du Film de Famille, Nov 2018

-Reviews:

-تنويعات وثائقيات سورية في السرد والجمالية 30/07/2018 علاء رشيدي


-" Mixed media" 5Min,
video art 2016 premiered at Independent Days 17| International Film Festival, Germany.

-“Take it ” 1Min video art 2012 Screened at many festivals in the USA and Europe


News:
- Connecting Stories, a nine-month programme being run with the support of British Council.

- Winners of Sharjah Film Platform awards: Syrian director Yaser Kassab

-Through Solidarity, We Survive' initiative:
Coculture and Artist Training are also presenting the selected artwork in a Berlin city campaign. The posters will be hung throughout the city (e.g., windows, balconies, billboards, walls, etc.).* The posters will also be presented in an exhibition and in a city campaign in Oslo during the Oslo World Festival from the 27th of October to the 1st of November, courtesy of Oslo World.

-Documentary salong 2020 in Norrköping ARBETETS MUSEUM


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