Born in 1977 in Syria, Rafat Alzakout graduated in 2003 at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus in theater acting and started his career as theater actor and director. In 2011 and with the outburst of the popular uprising in his home country, Rafat started to search for ways to interlace theater with film and gained first experience in short filmmaking by directing around 30 satiric short films that use puppet theatre to lampoon the unfolding events in Syria.
As of 2012, his interest in documentary filmmaking led him to start working on his first feature documentary entitled “Home”, in which he depicts over a period of three years, how the dream of living in a free country with space for artistic creativity and personal reveries was shattered and gave place to eventual disillusionment and loss.
Home (Orig.) / 2015 / Lebanon, Syria / 70 min
Syria. A body undulating in the wind, in the evening light, a graceful and fragile silhouette of a dancer fi lmed close to the skin. Such is what is stated, in reverse, in the project of this fi rst fi lm by Rafat Alzakout: beauty and the work of art as a guide for a fi lm shot in the turmoil of civil war while bodies become destroyed fl esh. We follow a small group of men including Ahmad the dancer, Taj the art teacher and former lieutenant, without forgetting, unseen but dialoguing with them, Alzakout...