The 1001 faces of Palmyra

Directed by Meyar AL-Roumi, co-written with Aurine Crémieu & Caroline Vermalle


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 and Strasbourg Eurométropole in partnership with CNC, 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

- Award of "Public Price" at the 7th International Archaeology Film Festival in Split, Croatia, 2022
- Award of "Public Price" 
at the RAM film festival (former International Festival of Archaeological Film), Italy, 2022
- Award of "Archaeological film" at the 11th International Archaeological Film Festival "AGON" (Greece), 2022
- "Honorable Mention for Audience Favorite" at the Archaeology Channel International Film Festival of Eugene (USA), 2022
- "Special mention" at the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival (USA), 2021
- Official selection at the 18th Festival International du Film d'Archéologie de Bordeaux – ICRONOS, France, 2022
- Official selection at the 12th edition of the Festival della Comunicazione e del Cinema Archeologico, Licodia Eubea, Italy, 2022
- Official selection at the 2nd Festival Les Printemps de l’Archéologie (France), 2022
- Official selection at the Firenze Archeofilm, Italy, 2022
- Official selection
at the 16th Festival du Film d'Archéologie d'Amiens (France), 2022
- 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

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