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Syria, Russia to Produce Film Entitled 'Palmyra'

Syria and Russia are due to start shooting a film entitled 'Tadmour' [Palmyra] by the end of this year in accordance with an agreement signed today in Moscow between the Syrian 'Shaghaf' Company and the Russian 'Pro-line Media' Company.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the film  is the first joint production between Syria and Russia and it will be screened by the end of 2019.

The agency quoted Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky as saying: "We are happy because our Syrian partners will participate in shooting the film…The current events in the Middle East are important for the whole world as the international peace has become fragile and the responsibility has become now bigger than ever."

 On her part, Syrian actress Sulaf Fawakherji affirmed that producers of the film will do their utmost to reflect the reality in the film which depicts the story of a Dagestani doctor whose life deteriorates after his wife decides to secretly flee with her daughter to Syria.

"The cost of producing the film is 2 million Euro," the General Producer  Andri Segli said, adding that the Syrian side will pay quarter of this amount.

"French, Italian and Macedonia companies take part in the film production and the cast will be selected soon," he asserted.

The film will be shot in Syria and in the Russian Saint Petersburg city.

The site of Palmyra has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1980 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger since 2013.

On March 2, 2017, the Syrian Arab army in cooperation with allied forces recaptured Palmyra city [Tadmor] –for the second time-from ISIS terrorists following successful military operations supported by Syrian and Russian warplanes.

Basma Qaddour