Focus: Sailing the Euphrates, travelling the time of the world

The Euphrates is the longest river in the Middle East, crossing its main states (Turkey, Syria, Iraq), but also countries such as Armenia and Kurdistan. It is one of the four rivers that form the earthly paradise that is Mesopotamia. It carries images, stories and people from Mount Ararat to Shatt El Arab, disregarding the boundaries between reality and the imaginary, and it transforms the films, which are symbolic dockings, fragments able to chart a partial, yet surprising, atlas. From Hamo Beknazaryan’s Honor (1926), Armenia’s first film, to Yilmaz Güney and Serif Gören’s Yol, which was finished in exile and received the Golden Palm at Cannes in 1982; and from the failed dream of progress and socialism of the “Euphrates trilogy”, by Syrian director Omar Amiralay, to the Iraqi marshes of Kassem Hawal, we follow a nomad cinema that envisions worlds and communities.