Syrian film-maker Omar Amiralay, whose documentaries exposed the social and economic life in Syria since the Baath Party took power five decades ago, died on Saturday. He was 66.
Amiralay, one of the Arab world's most influential film makers who achieved international renown with works such as "A flood in Baath Country", had a heart attack at home in Damascus, friends said.
A week before his death, he signed a declaration by independent Syrian figures in support of the anti-government street protests in Egypt.
"Amiralay died at the moment when he was needed most as a voice for liberty in Syria," one friend said.
Most of Amiralay's films are banned in Syria, where the state has a monopoly on cinema production. Born in Damascus of Circassian, Turkish and Arab origin, he studied in Paris.
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