Documentary Masterclass: Sara Fattahi *CANCELLED* - Scottish Documentary Institute

Documentary Masterclass: Sara Fattahi *CANCELLED*


Please note: unfortunately Sara Fattahi is unable to travel to Glasgow and this event has been CANCELLED. We apologise for any inconvenience and are hopeful that this event will be rescheduled in the near future. Sara will take part in an extended conversation with Noe Mendelle of the Scottish Documentary Institute as well as a Q&A following the screening of her film Chaos, which will be shown as scheduled on Saturday evening at 7.45pm – BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE.


Scottish Documentary Institute is delighted to co-host this masterclass with Document Film Festival. We’re joined by Sara Fattahi, director of Chaos – the second film in a trilogy that centres the experiences of women and their relationship to conflict, exile and trauma.

Fattahi’s first feature length documentary Coma (2015) was granted the Regard Neuf Award for the Best First Feature Film at Visions du Réel 2015, and the FIPRESCI Award at the Viennale 2015. Chaoswas awarded the Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente at Locarno 2018.


The film narrates the story of three women in three different cities. They have given up on life. One lives in Damascus. She has stopped speaking to others entirely, isolating herself in her flat. The other has left Damascus as a result of the war and went to Sweden, where she imprisons herself in her paintings, hoping through them to rid herself of the torments of the past. The third ended up in Vienna and faces an unknown future, like the ghost of a woman who fled Austria after the Second World War.

It is a discussion between a woman stuck in Damascus, a second stuck in exile, and a third who has recently left. It is a conversation between the interior and exterior – an impossible conversation.

Sara Fattahi

Sara Fattahi, was born in Damascus in 1983, studied Law at Damascus University, and graduated at the Fine Art Institute in Damascus. She has worked as a storyboard artist & animator for several channels such as Al Jazeera Kids and SpaceToon, as well as art director of soap-operas. Fattahi has worked as an independent filmmaker and producer since 2010.

This event is free but ticketed