Syria participates in the 16th session of the International Resistance Film Festival with the film “The Blood of Palms"by Najdat Anzour

Tehran, (ST)- Syria is participating in the International Resistance Film Festival, in its 16th edition, with the feature film “The Blood of Palms" directed by Najdat Ismail Anzour.

The festival, which is held online due to the current conditions in the countries of the world because of the Coronavirus pandemic, aims to highlight the spirit of the Cinema of Resistance and its role in building a cinematic approach. It also aims to glorify the sacrifices of resistance heroes working in various military, health, intellectual, cultural and political fields.

"Blood of Palm"  film, produced by the National Film Organization, narrates the last days of the life of the archaeologist Khaled Al-Asaad , the director of Palmyra's antiquities, who confronted "ISIS" terrorists and refused to hand them over the maps of the archaeological sites in the city. The spirit of Queen Zenobia kept accompanying him throughout the film period, which gave it a special aesthetic quality .

The film also talks about the ancient life of Palmyra, which suffered from the ravages and woes of war and destruction at the hands of "ISIS" terrorists and their attempt to steal its antiquities and destroy what they were unable to steal, highlighting the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army to cleanse the city of terrorism and its supporters.

Historical Inscriptions Emerge in the Work of Plastic Artist Nagham Mansour

The young plastic artist Nagham Mansour tended to carve model sculptures and antique inscriptions that were inspired by the civilizations of our ancestors reflecting in a contemporary way the exquisite and accurate drawings they left, which allowed her to achieve a distinguished place in the world of the plastic art within a short period.

Regarding her experience in the field of sculpture, Mansour explained in an interview with SANA that she chose this art because it simulates and embodies reality .The support and encouragement of her family and friends after the two exhibitions that she held in Homs, had the most important role in her artistic career she adds.

Mansour participated in an exhibition at the “Masar Festival” with more than 500 artworks for her and her students, including various handicrafts, paintings in charcoal, ceramics, flower making, drawing on glass and engraving on wood.

She continued her studies at the Fine Arts Center at the Ministry of Culture, specializing in sculpture and graphics, as she held her first solo exhibition displaying sculptures on the antiquities of the ancient Kingdom of Qatana in her village Al-Meshrfeh.

Mansour, who is keen on experiment and constant research, adopts clay for her artistic works. “I like to use this material a lot, since it is from nature and connects us to the soil of the homeland, which is our most valuable possession.  However, I also used gypsum, polyester, fiber, silicon, glass, wood, collages, environmentally damaged materials, cloth, velvet, beads, ceramics and wool. As for the work of drawing, I use all the watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, charcoal pens, pencils, and walnut ink on canvas and Canson papers in different sizes,” She clarified.

“My passion for engraving archaeological sculptures and wall drawings stemmed from my love for the soil of the homeland, which was watered with the blood of our martyrs. The clay was my first inspiration for carving antiquities and ancient wall drawings, as well as the encouragement and support that I got from different sides in Homs helped me to continue,” she added.

30 artists participate in the virtual art forum of Mustafa Ali Gallery

With the participation of 30 artists representing various visual arts, the Virtual Art Forum has launched its first session with the aim of creating a means of communication with young artists and confirming the continuation of artistic work despite the disconcerting circumstances due to the Corona pandemic.

Regarding the forum, which was called by Mustafa Ali Gallery, the international Syrian sculptor Ali said in a statement to SANA: “Thirty artists were selected out of sixty who applied to participate in the forum under the supervision of a specialized committee consisting of three accredited artists. The participating young artists will be absolutely free to express their artistic visions by adopting the themes, styles, and the appropriate techniques they choose.

Chandelier industry in Syria

The chandeliers industry in Damascus, which dates back to more than a hundred years,  reflects  the deep-rooted civilization of Syria and its distinguished skilled  craftsmen, who managed to develop this industry and combined the past and the present  through the integration of seashells and copper for the first time inside a copper chandelier to be a masterpiece created by the Grand Masters ( sheikhs Al- Kar)  of “Dummar” Central  Incubator for  Traditional  Crafts   in Damascus..

The skilled Syrian craftsman, who  is capable of creativity and  keeping up with the up-to-date  techniques to develop heritage crafts,  made  the first copper  seashell  chandelier to prove that this heritage profession is amenable to change and development.  

Sculptor Odette Deeb ... the Martyrdom of her Son Highlighted her Hidden Talent

Art is much more than a painting , a song or a sculpture, it is an expression of our  emotions.  Using art to express feelings is essential.  It can be a record of what the artist is feeling..  

Sculptor Odette Deeb  found in onyx stone a refuge to express her feelings.  She managed to turn this stone  into unique  sculptural works, which increase year after year in terms of form and theme..  

The sculptor’s annual exhibition, which is held in her town Marmarita , has become  an overture to attract artists and those who are concerned with cultural issues in Homes and its countryside.. 

The  martyrdom  of her  son six years ago turned Deeb  into a plastic artist who  is keen on  holding  an exhibition every year on her son’s birthday as a token of loyalty and love.  

The sculptor , who is the director of  Marmarita Cultural Center told SANA  that the loss of her son gave birth to her deep feelings  which she  turned into stone to  turned ,producing faces and forms of nature that  express  her grief and oppression over the  martyrdom of her son.   

Regarding her choice of sculpting and engraving on stone, she emphasized that nothing can  hinder  the artist as  strong  will, passion and determination are the artist’s main motives to come out with his unique creativity..