The 11-10-13 Project


’11-10-13´ is a collaborative project between the Syrian filmmaker Mahmud Hassan Alhoussian and the Syrian poet Emad Al Ahmad both now a days living in Egypt as refugees. The ’11-10-13´ Project is composed by a documentary and poems about the tragic events that happened on Friday the 11th of October 2013. In that night a boat with more than 116 refugees from Syria and Palestine sank in front of the coast of Alexandria with the outcome of 12 people dead. The remaining 104 refugees are still kept at a prison/refugee camp in Alexandria. The documentary and the poems reflect on personal stories about the event while framing it within the current political policies taken by Egyptian authorities towards Syrian refugees. The aim of the ’11-10-13´ is to evolve as an event composted of film screening, poetry readying and a round table about the situation of refugees in general and the Syrians that have to flee their county in particular.

In order to make of this project a reality, We have been already working on interviews to different people that were in that boat as well as to a diverse range of Syrian refugees living in Alexandria and Cairo. Furthermore the outline of the 12 poems has already been done. In the second stage of the project which will take place from March 2014 onwards the aim will be to edit the interviews and create the documentary and to translate the documentary into English and Spanish as well as to work on the 12 poems and to translate them.

In order to have the time and the space to do that we have been invited to be part of the Artist in Residency CeRCCa – Center for Research and Creativity Casamarles, a program located in a little village not far from Barcelona (Spain) that has been running successfully for more than 5 years now. The aim of the residency at CeRCCa will be not only to edit the documentary and write the poems but also to have them translated in English and Spanish. This task will be done with the help of CeRCCa team. Furthermore together with CeRCCa we will organize a series of events in the village where the residency is located as well as in Barcelona. In short the event will take place as part of the Jiwar Creativity and Society Program, Casa Palestina, the IEMed Institut for the Mediterranean Program and CIDOB Barcelona Center for International Affairs. After the residency the aim during 2014 is to showcase the event ’11-10-13´ as part of different festivals in Copenhagen, Alexandria and Cairo as well as in London amongst other locations. Due to the travel limitations for Syrian artists the event (Poetry reading and debate) can take place with their presence or through skype connection.

We believe that ’11-10-13´ is a project that combining film, poetry and public debates can become an example of how creativity and innovation go hand in hand with the social responsibility of the artists. The aim of the project is to raise awareness and solidarity towards the experience of Syrian refugees through the documentation of the events that happened on that tragic night of the 12th October. Those tragic events will be the starting point to talk about the current situation of Syrian refugees in Egypt and the policies that the current military government is adopting towards them.

This project has been funded by The British Council.