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Dr. Bojeirami, genius mind and remarkable achievements

Dr. Mohammad Tawfik al-Bojeirami passed away last week aged 75 leaving behind great and rich legacy in various domains.  He was one of the very original minds who achieved remarkable accomplishments in various literary and journalistic spheres.  His manners were those of a gentleman, and his eyes were always full of intelligence. Throughout a long and eventful career that extended for more than half a century, Dr. Bojeirami constituted an inexhaustible source of inspiration for his colleagues and students.

The genius character of the late al-Bojeirami has appeared in several domains. As a skilful translator, he translated more than 13 books from Arabic into English and vice versa varying between politics and literature.

In the history of Syrian TV, he will hold a certain position and a high place. His character and achievements were great and indubitable. As a journalist, he started working in the Syrian radio and TV in 1966 and remained as an example of a successful editor and presenter who left lasting imprints through his various programs, the most famous was “Comic Stories form the World” which achieved wide popularity not only in Syria but throughout the Arab world due to the special way of presenting that distinguished Dr. Bojeirami from others. The program was first transmitted on Syrian TV in 1966 and lasted until 1971. It was resumed in 1980 following the return of the late Dr. Bojeirami from Sheffield where he completed post graduate studies. He also worked as a chief editor of news bulletins from 1966 to 2013. 

As a chief editor of “The Resistance Magazine”, Dr. Bojeirami greatly contributed to promoting the awareness of people towards the just cause of his people. He made up brilliant articles and reviews that disclosed the racist Zionist policies and sinister schemes that aim to perpetuate the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories.

The Syrian and Arab people have also known Dr. Bojeirami as a talented actor who played roles in historical drama, especially TV and radio series that shed light on outstanding Arab literary figures.

Born in Palestine in 1938, the late al-Bojeirami obtained the Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, the UK in 1980. Earlier, he got the MA in African Literature in 1974 from the same university.

Following his return, he worked in teaching poetry, literary criticism, translation and comparative literature at the Department of English Language at Damascus University. He also supervised several MA and Ph.D. theses.

Dr. Bojeirami’s death constitutes a grave loss for Syrian and Arab people nationwide and he will always remain alive in the hearts and minds of Syrian and Arab people.


Syrian Caricaturist Nedal Deep: We Should Keep Hand in Hand to Face Terrorism Targeting Our Homeland

More than any other kind of visual arts, caricature can depict people's troubles and tackle serious political, social, humanitarian and economic issues with a sense of humor that attracts viewers and makes topics easy to understand, stressed Nedal Deep, a Syrian talented caricaturist.

According to Deep, caricature has a sublime humanitarian message directly connected with people's suffering. The caricaturist should serve people's causes and contribute to combating corruption and exploitation.

In a recent interview with the local "Tishreen" newspaper, Deep said that by clarifying facts in an ironic way, caricature affects the public opinion and helps solving some problems or easing people's suffering. It can also make the people, who suffer, laugh.

Caricaturists should be smart enough to express their ideas and embody the suffering of people. They should enjoy some sense of humor, courage and farsightedness, said the artist.

From the very beginning of the crisis in Syria, Deep has dedicated most of his artistic works to explain the conspiracy hatched against Syria and uncover the parties which support terrorism in his beloved country.

According to him confronting the global conspiracy and terrorist aggression launched against Syria is the national duty of every Syrian citizen, including himself.

 "Syria needs every one of us, so we should keep hand in hand to face the terrorism which has been targeting our beloved homeland," he stressed.

Many of Deep's works were published in some American newspapers and magazines. They were able to convey the Syrian people's rejection of this heinous war which aims at destroying the Syrian state with the help of terrorists and mercenaries who came to Syria from all over the world.

 Deep is now planning to hold an exhibition in Syria and abroad to show the world the suffering caused to the Syrians because of the crisis and to document all the political and social events in the country.

Nedal Deep is a Syrian talented caricaturist. He held many solo and collective exhibitions in Syria and abroad and took part in several Arab and international festivals. He won a number of international awards and has his cartoons published in many Arab and foreign newspapers and magazines. His talent appeared at childhood age. He started his artistic career as a plastic artist, but later, he preferred to be a caricaturist, because according to him, caricature is more effective than any other kind of art in people's life.

H. Mustafa


Najdat Anzour "Threatened" for Screening Al-Saud Regime's Story Around World

The renowned Syrian Director Najdat Anzour declared on Thursday that Al-Saud regime is seeking to harm him with the possibility of disclaiming the responsibility, stressing that the film, King of the Sands, is based on reliable references and it opens the door before amateurs to break a taboo.  

Speaking at a press conference held in 'Dama Rose' Hotel in Damascus, Anzour said: "After screening the film, King of the Sands, in Damascus, a Saudi person named 'Adnan al-Ayedh' issued a Fatwa stating that killing me is a must and Halal because the film is an assault against the Saudi Family- the treasury of Islam."

He added that the Saudi government adopted no measure against this person despite the fact that al-Ayedh's Fatwa contradicts the teachings  of Islam. "I assure everyone that regardless of the possibility of this harm to happen, the Saudi authority would be accountable for it no matter who the direct doer was."

"I personally hold the Saudi government, security and family princes the legal and personal responsibility for any harm to be caused to my personal safety, personal security, and to the film cast and crew –Arabs and foreigners."

Anzour asserted that he will take the legal and judicial procedures against al-Ayadh and every other side that must deny or face this and have done nothing, considering the inaction in this regard as an implied and explicit consent.

Story of the film

He clarified that the king of the Sands film, which tells the history of terrorism and connects what happened 100 years ago with the current chaos in the Arab world through depicting the foundation of the Saudi Kingdom in the 20 century, is based on reliable references.

The film emphasizes the Prince Abdulaziz Ben Abdulrahman Al-Saud's alliance with the Wahhabi movement and the British government until the declaration of the foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a series of killings and displacements as well as massacres that swept the Arabian Peninsula under the slogan of the sword and religion.

It, in fact, unveils the reality of Al-Saud family which backs terrorism and works for spreading Takfiri thought in Syria and the whole world as well.

Homeland's interest

Anzour, the director of the film, said that the idea of the 'King of the Sands' was ready before the beginning of what he described   the barbaric campaign against the civilization of the region.

"The context of the film will be clear after screening it. It serves the Syrian society's interest and teaches every Arab child how to stone Satan," he said, asserting that the Syrian government has not financed the film.

"In crises, Drama has to deal with the consequences and to reach solutions for all problems. We have to notice that there is a new generation born during the crisis and we have to work for this generation," Anzour said.

He sees that the screening of the film is done according to homeland's interest.

More than 30 countries have determined to screen the 120-minute film that had its debut in London last September.

The film is in English language and the actors are: Marco Foschi, Fabio Testi, Bill Fellows, Korkmaz Aslan, Mehmet Ozgur, Amjad Hussien, Jihad Obeid, Adnan Abdul Jalil, Yasser Abdullatif, Khaldoun Karout, Randi al-Halabi, Lara Saade.

Hand-in hand with army

Through producing the film and screening it at this time, Anzour has decided to be alongside with the Syrian Arab army in fighting the Saudi-backed Takfiri terrorism that aims at spreading destruction everywhere.   

"The Camera of artist stands alongside the rifle of the Syrian Arab soldier in combating terrorism," Anzour said at the opening ceremony of his film in the Opera House on December 12.

He is preparing for a new film talking about what is going on in Syria according to stories of foreign reporters inside the country.


Reported by: Basma Qaddour

Najdat Anzour's (King of the Sands) Film Soon in Damascus

Born in Aleppo in 1954, renowned Syrian film maker Najdat Anzour was graduated from university with a degree in mechanical engineering. His father Ismael Anzour directed the first Syrian film ever made and was the one to have the greatest impact on Anzour's artistic orientations, and was his guide through cinema and art.

He directed his first commercial at the age of 18, and then worked in Jordan for more than 15 years, directing a variety of very successful projects. His first TV feature ‘Nozha Ala Al Rimal’ (Promenade on the sand) won him the bronze award at the first Bagdad international TV festival in 1987.

The first Jordanian film he directed was ‘Hikaya Sharquiya’ (Eastern Tales) which participated in 23rd international film festival that granted him many awards.

He returned to Syria in 1994 and took part in the great Syrian drama renaissance at the time and founded the visual school of TV. In 1994 he directed the famous TV series ‘Nihayat Rajol Shoujaa’ (The End of a Brave Man), which was considered a breakthrough in the quality of the Arab drama.

(King of the Sands) is a biopic of Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd al-Rahman Al Saud, also known as 'Ibn Saud', an emir of the central Arabian Al Saud clan and founder of the present-day kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The film itself was a shocker. To describe it as a sword, sandal and a camel opera would be to belittle the significance of the story. Set in the Saudi Arabian desert in the early 1930s of the 20th century, it explores the origin of the Saudi Royal family and how their founder Prince Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Saud seized power from their enemies Al Rasheed dynasty in Riyadh to become king in 1932 with a help from the British.

The film attempts at emphasising the connection between modern day terrorism committed by "Jihadists" and extremists, inspired by the Saudi strand of "Islamic" Wahhabism, and succeeds in provoking controversy. It depicts the Saudis in a negative portray with shocking images of violence and crude sexual exploits.

The director Najdat Anzour has said in an interview with the Lebanese" Al Safir" that the movie is a "big production”. "The movie displays the life of the founder of the Al Saud family in Saudi Arabia; Abdulaziz bin Abdurrahman bin Al Saud's returning from exile in Kuwait, his assault on Riyadh to end the Al Rashid dynasty, and his turning to Najd and defeat of the Hashimi family with the help of Britain through their notorious spy John Philby,” he added.

Anzour said that the movie has been produced with high quality and it stars British, Turk, and Italian actors. "The movie faced problems with the Saudis since it disgraces them. But they have many friends around the world and so far they have been attempting to prevent the release,” he asserted.

Anzour has a reputation throughout the Arab world not only for high quality films and TV series, particularly elaborate historical dramas, but also for his treatment of sensitive contemporary issues and his uncompromising rejection of extremism. His message reads: while the Muslim world suffers from a myriad of problems, terrorists are cold-blooded killers who primarily murder Muslims.

(King of the Sands) will be screened Thursday evening at Dar al-Assad for Culture and House (the Opera House) in Damascus.

 Butheina Al-Nounou

Farewell to great actor Salim Kallas

Syrian people bade farewell today to great Syrian actor Salim Kallas who passed away yesterday at his house aged 77. The late actor’s body will be laid to rest in Bab al-Saghir cemetery following noon prayers. His death is a grave loss to Syrian TV drama as he was one of the pioneers who played different roles successfully since the early beginning of Syrian TV.

As a pioneer of Syrian TV drama, Kallas played roles in scores of TV series that reflected his prodigious skill in playing various characters skilfully. The most famous among these series is Maraya (mirrors), a social drama that started in the early 1980s and continued until the present. In cooperation with famous comedian Yasser al-Azmeh, Kallas was able to address a number of important social problems and other issues related to people’s livelihood in comic panels that gave the duet a wide popularity not only in Syria but throughout the Arab world.

The late actor was also famed for playing roles in the series that cast light on the history of Damascus and Syria. These include “The Nights of al-Salehia” and Damascene Days which shed light on the city of Damascus at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century and the struggle of the Syrian people against the Ottoman and the French occupation. He appeared as the polygamist barber highlighting the distinctive features of this character and his pivotal role in the Damascene society.

Another important role for Kallas was in Hammam al-Qishani, (al-Qishani Public Bathhouse) which documents the modern history of Syria focusing on the post independence period and the social and political changes that took place in the country in the 1950s and the 1960s.

His great success pushed TV drama directors to make him play parts in most of Syrian TV series which included Bab al-Hara, (The Gate of the Alley),Tahoun al-Shar, (The Grind of Evil) and Bait Jaddi (My Grandfather’s House).

Theatre has a share in Kallas’s eventful career. While a university student, Kallas played roles at the stage of the University Theatre. He excelled at playing roles in Shakespearean plays, especially The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth.

In radio, he was an active participant in “The Rule of Justice”, a weekly TV programme that is based on cases taken from the criminal courts. The programme has been broadcast on Damascus Radio since the late 1970s.

In cinema, the late actor played parts in four feature films; the most famous was Naji al-Ali along with the Egyptian movie star Noor al-Sharif. The film sheds light on the biography of famous Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali who was assassinated in London in 1987 by the Israeli Mossad because of his daring cartoons that disclosed the occupation racist practices and the treacherous stands of some Palestinian and Arab leaderships.