THE PASSIONATE OF DARKNESS

CARCERAL EXPERIENCES IN SYRIA’S PRISONS

Launch Event – An evening dedicated to the issue of Lebanese political detainees in Syrian prisons

@ Solea V, Jisr el-Wati, Beirut

October 11, 2012

UMAM D&R launched it newest project, The Passionate of Darkness – Carceral Experiences in Syria’s prisons. While the title is intentionally self-explanatory, this initiative encompasses a variety of components as did the projects that preceded it. Aside from the documentation and research outputs that will be published electronically and in hard copy, it includes several artistic and cultural activities.

The official launch of this initiative was held under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Brigitta Maria Siefker-Eberle, the Ambassador of Germany to Lebanon, and in cooperation with the Association of Former Lebanese Detainees in Syrian Prisons (FLDSP). In addition to the official addresses given by Her Excellency and representatives from the FLDSP and UMAM D&R, the event included a live performance choreographed by Alexandre Paulikevitch, a display of handcrafts produced by former detainees and a book signing by Ali Abou Dehn, head of the FLDSP and author of Back from Hell.

This landmark initiative was made possible by funding from the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) under the aegis of the German Foreign Office.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT