CAS Syrian Dinner and a Movie – “CHAOS” by Sara Fattahi

October 25, 2023 5:00 PM–8:00 PM

Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
College of Fine Arts, Room 111
4919 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15213

Sara Fattahi

This event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP to register.


Join us Wednesday October 25th at 5PM for a screening of the film, a discussion with the film’s director, Sara Fattahi, and a delicious meal catered by Ali Baba. This event will be moderated by writer and filmmaker Reem Alghazzi.

CHAOS tells the story of three Syrian women, each living in a different time and place, separated by the very thing that unites them – fear itself and trauma itself.

The CAS “Dinner and a Movie” Series is co-sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program – Kim and Eric Giler Humanities Lectures Fund, the Sustainability Initiative, and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.


Sara Fattahi, born in Damascus in 1983, studied Law at Damascus University and graduated from the Fine Art Institute in Damascus. She has been the storyboard artist & animator for several channels, such as Al Jazeera Kids and SpaceToon, as well as art director of soap operas from 2003 to 2008. Since 2010, she has worked as an independent filmmaker and producer, and since 2014 has collaborated in research and writing for independent short films. Fattahi’s first feature length documentary COMA was produced in 2015 and was granted the ‘Regard Neuf Award’ for the Best First Feature Film at Visions du Réel 2015, the FIPRESCI Award at the Viennale 2015, and has been screened at numerous festivals such as MoMA’s Doc fortnight 2016, Berlinale’s Critics’ Week 2016, São Paulo 2016.

Reem Al-Ghazzi is a Syrian artist who has directed and produced several short films individually and as part of collectives. Her films have received awards at the Casablanca International Film Festival and the Alexandria Film Festival, and have been screened at the Cinéma du réel in Paris and the Locarno International Film Festival. Al-Ghazzi has also published several articles and texts in local and Arabic websites/newspapers. In 2010, she established the Filmmakers Lab in Damascus. Reem Al-Ghazzi is an Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at CMU’s Department of English.