Wajd – Songs of Separation with Performance by Rumi Canada


Wajd – Songs of Separation with Performance by Rumi Canada

Date: Sat, Mar 02, 2019 08:00PM
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors
Includes same-day Museum admission (redeem at Ticket Desk)

Amar Chebib, 2018, 87 min.


Join us for a screening of the documentary Wajd – Songs of Separation, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, and a whirling dervish performance accompanied by live Sufi music from Rumi Canada.


In 2010, filmmaker Amar Chebib was in Syria exploring sacred Sufi music when the civil war broke out, prompting him to focus instead on the lives of three musicians forced into exile. Five years later, when the musicians are living as refugees in Turkey and Holland, they turn to their love of Sufi music to help find meaning in the aftermath of atrocity.


Featuring pre- and post-war footage of Syria, stirring musical performances, and extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, what unfolds is a testament to the life-affirming power of music and creative expression.


This film screening and performance are part of our 2018/19 Performing Arts season, The Other Side of Fear, featuring acclaimed artists who have transcended fear through music, dance, and spoken word.



Amar Chebib is a Syrian-Canadian filmmaker, who grew up between the Middle East and North America. He graduated from the Vancouver Film School in 2006, and has since directed various short films, music videos, and commercials around the world. Chebib currently lives in Vancouver where he directs and produces short branded documentaries through his production company, Luminus Films. Wajd is his first feature length documentary.


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In partnership with

Rumi Canada

With support from

Ontario Arts Council



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