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Dolls. A Woman from Damascus


In a traditional Damascene milieu, Manal is challenged to cherish her excellence as a housewife. Still, she insists on chasing a personal dream of getting back to work. Fulla, a new doll, has become the “Dream of Every Arab Girl” with sales skyrocketing. Fulla is the ideal Arab Muslim ‘Barbie’, a virgin, decent, covered, who is raised up to become a respectful, obedient wife, and to live the grace of family’s and society’s approval.


  • Syria and the Arab Barbie Doll - Before the Deluge
    Interview with director Diana El Jeiroudi
    Larry Portis

Festival Participation

  • IDFA (Silver Wolf Competition)
  • Visions du Réel - Nyon
  • Montpellier

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