Middle East Studies

The Day I Lost My Shadow: A Conversation With Film Director Soudade Kaadan

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Friday, April 16, 2021

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

In spring 2021, the Center for Middle East Studies is hosting a series of activities aimed at engaging and celebrating the internal CMES community at Brown. For its second event, Center Director Professor Nadje Al-Ali and Rita Slaoui '23.5 will co-host a virtual panel with Soudade Kaadan, director of the film "The Day I Lost My Shadow (يوم أضعت ظلي)."

The day prior to the discussion, Brown faculty, students, and staff who have registered for the event will receive a private password-protected link of the full movie. The movie will be open for viewing for eight hours on April 15th, from 4 p.m. to midnight EST. People who register will also receive a link to the panel discussion after registering. 

Virtual Event


As winter hits hard in Syria, all Sana wants is to cook a hot meal for her son. When a seemingly simple errand search for gas goes awry, Sana is dragged deeper into the conflict, where people lose their shadows.


Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theater criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and graduated from Saint Joseph University Institut des Etudes Scénique, Audiovisuelles et cinématographiques (IESAV) Lebanon. She directed and produced documentary films for Aljazeera documentary channel, UNICEF and BBC  Media action. Her films have screened at several venues nationally and internationally and have received international awards. Her first feature fiction THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW was awarded THE LION OF THE FUTURE  in Venice Film Festival 2018.