"Sarouj, Syria"

Sarouj is a town in the middle of the Syrian desert, consisting of sheep herders living among houses resembling beehives. It is known as one of the "beehive villages" locally. They no longer live in the cone-shaped although they talk about how they're built to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter—however, they no longer build them as the "grandfathers have passed on with the knowledge." Today they're used to store feed, hay, and other things for their animals. Their concrete-block houses are next door, lying low against the sun and a strange contrast to the vertical nature of the rooms next door. The women complained upon seeing my nose ring: they too used to have one until the local Sheikh made them remove them, as it was not in line with Islamic beliefs. And, was I married yet, by the way? Because if not, they had a fine young gentleman who was looking for a wife...

Documentary Film by Isabelle Carbonell, Edited by Sarah Cannon.