Yesterday's encounter

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English and Arabic version below Anas meets Walid Salem by chance in Berlin. He recognizes the man's voice, but he has never seen his face. It is the voice of the man who supervised a brutal interrogation when Anas was arrested in Damascus over ten years ago, during which he was blindfolded. Anas presses charges. The proceedings are initiated. In preparation for the trial, both men have to reconstruct what they experienced back then and bring to light what has been repressed and forgotten. Can a court case be based on memories of events that took place over ten years ago in a place that no one can visit today? Who is telling the truth? In their new play, based on a true story, author Mohammad Al Attar and director Omar Abusaada raise questions about the different meanings of justice and the stories of the past that cannot be buried without confronting them. __ ANAS encounters WALID SALEM by coincidence in Berlin. He recognizes the man's voice; he's never seen his face. It is the voice of the man who supervised a violent interrogation of ANAS - who was blindfolded - when he was arrested in Damascus over ten years ago Anas makes a report. Proceedings are initiated. In preparation for the trial, both men have to reconstruct what they experienced at the time and bring back what has been suppressed and forgotten. Can a court case be built on memories of events that took place over ten years ago in a place nobody can visit now? Who is telling the truth? And is there one truth? In their new play, which is Inspired by a true event, author Mohammad Al Attar and director Omar Abusaada raise questions about the different meanings of justice, and the stories of the past that are impossible to bury without confronting them first. __ أنس يلتقي بوليد سالم صدفة في برلين. يتعرف عليه من صوته فهو لم ير وجهه أبداً. إنه الرجل الذي أشرف على التحقيق العنيف معه وهو معصوب العينين أثناء اعتقاله في دمشق قبل أكثر من 10 سنوات. يقوم أنس بالشكوى على وليد ويُباشر الإجراءات القانونية. في إطار التحضير للمحكمة، يتعين على الرجلين إثبات صدق أقوالهما المتناقضة تماماً. لكن كيف يمكن أن تُبنى وقائع قضية اعتماداً على الذاكرة لأحداث جرت منذ أكثر من عشر سنوات في مكان لا يمكن الوصول إليه؟ من يقول الحقيقة؟ وهل هناك حقيقة واحدة؟ في مسرحيتهما الجديدة، المُستلهمة من أحداث حقيقية، يطرح الكاتب محمد العطار والمخرج عمر أبو سعدة أسئلة حول معاني العدالة المختلفة، وقصص الماضي التي يستحيل دفنها دون مواجهتها أولاً.

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