Antigone, the rebellious heroine of the ancient Greek tragedy, brings together a group of Syrian women in Beirut. This film captures the women’s reaction to and identification with a story that transcends time and circumstance. Audacious, stubborn and feisty, Antigone inspires each of these women to relearn their own strength and face their own Creon.
What the women performed on stage in 2014 was a subtle combination of themes from Sophocles’ Antigone, in addition to their own tragic tales from the home they’ve lost and the life they now live in a country that doesn’t want them. This was a chance for them directly to speak out in a sold-out theatre. However this film, their film, includes, poignantly, the outtakes, the nervousness, the moments of humour, the defiance that perhaps was missing on stage. What emerges is not tragedy but life-affirming defiance and the reassertion of their individuality.