Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director. She studied theatre criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her films have screened at several venues nationally and internationally and have received international awards.

Her first feature fiction film The Day I lost My Shadow was awarded The Lion of The Future award for best debut film in Venice Film Festival 2018 and has been screened in several festivals: TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film Aziza won Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.


The Hands Up Foundation is a young and innovative charity which was set up by four British friends who loved everything about Syrian culture and tastes. Hands Up is a registered charity in England and Wales that funds medical and educational aid projects in and around Syria.

Hands Up raises money and awareness through creative fundraising initiatives, including the Syrian Supper Club, Cinema for Syria and Singing for Syrians. The idea behind everything Hands Up does is simple and positive; gather people together, remind them of Syria’s rich culture and do something good. If you would like to get involved by attending Hands Up’s events or hosting your own, check our website atwww.handsupfoundation.org