The 1001 faces of Palmyra

Written by Meyar AL-Roumi, Aurine Crémieu, Caroline Vermalle, directed by Meyar AL-Roumi


Archaeologists go in search of funerary portraits of Palmyra disseminated around the world to recount the story of the ancient city in a way that has never been done before: through the faces of the city’s inhabitants.
The exploration of the inner secrets of these sculptures reveals the exceptional nature of this legendary city and of its multicultural identity. A key to understanding the fascination the city has exerted for centuries lies in the fact that Palmyra has always aroused curiosity and been the source of countless powerful stories and images.
It is one of the rare examples of the global integration of the history of humanity.


Format: 16/9 - 1x90' + 1x52’ - Colour - HD
Production: UN FILM À LA PATTE, CNRS Images & ARTE France
Fundings: Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, Région Grand Est, Strasbourg Eurométropole, Procirep-Angoa
International distribution: Terranoa
First broadcaster: Arte
© 2020

Image: Lionel Perrin
Sound: Sébastien Noiré
Editing: David Fernandes, Gwenaël Giard Barberin, Julien Mazon & Delphine Cohen
Artistic director : Xavier Elie
Original music: Zeid Hamdam

- Official selection at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival (USA), 2021
- Official selection 
at the 9th édition des Rencontres d'Archéologie de la Narbonnaise (France), 2021
- Official selection 
at the 12th Festival international du Film d'Archéologie de Nyon (Switzerland), 2021