Last night Godolphin and Latymer welcomed over 200 guests to a screening of the much acclaimed documentary film Queens of Syria. The film serves to raise awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis and to document the work of the Syria Trojan Women Project. This project was originally set for Syrian refugee women in Jordan, and saw them perform their own adaptation of one of the most famous of ancient Greek tragedies, the Trojan Women of Euripides. This play was first written and performed in 415 BC and focuses almost exclusively on the suffering of women in times of war. The Syrian women in the project found a deep resonance with this ancient play, and their own version of it served to offer therapy through drama.
The documentary film Queens of Syria has won a number of awards, including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s Black Pearl Award for Best Director. We were honoured to be able to show this important work at the school and to welcome afterwards guests to a Q&A panel consisting of: Charlotte Eagar and William Stirling, the founders of the Syria Trojan Women Project; Reem Al Sayyah, one of the Syrian women in the cast; and Dr Laura Swift, Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University, who was able to give the audience a greater context of the ancient play. This part of the evening allowed members of the audience to hear about the project in greater detail, and to ask their own questions.
As part of our Community and Partnerships commitment, over 50 Sixth Formers joined us for the evening from four local Schools: Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Pimlico Academy, Coombe Academy Trust, and Kensington Aldridge Academy, as well as over 40 students from Godolphin and Latymer.