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The civil war has raged since 2011 and killed around 250.000 people. Roshak Ahmad is a Kurdish student. In 2013, she films during 12 days of urban combats. In the Al Hajar Al Aswad district, she accompanies the unit of Abu Omar's rebel fighters. They have barricaded themselves in a house. Assad’s snipers have taken up position just 150 metres across the road. There are no civilians left, only the skeletal remains of houses. We witness a house-to-house battle.
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When the Arab Spring reached Syria in 2011, Nizam Najjar, a Syrian now living in Norway, thought the rebels would quickly oust President Bashar al-Assad. But the peaceful protests were brutally suppressed, and the once united rebel movement fell apart. Najjar returns to Syria to investigate why the rebels are failing in Aleppo, the city of his birth. Embedded with the rebels and a local cameraman, he risks his life on the front. In the heat of battle, he discovers how danger comes not only from the outside, but also from within, as two rebel leaders operate opposing strategies. In meetings, during a ceasefire, at a party and in the midst of fighting, it becomes only too apparent that there's no brotherhood among the rebels. How can such a divided group defeat a leader who appears to be able to draw on inexhaustible resources from outside the country?
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An intimate portrait of ordinary people struggling to stay alive in Syria’s largest city Aleppo, once home to more than two million people. Five citizen journalists document life in a conflict zone divided between opposition-held East and government-controlled West. The film goes behind the headlines into the backstreets of East Aleppo to show the horror, chaos and fear of the daily bombings, but also the humanity, resilience and hope of the people who remain.
[Italy] ; [Palestine] : Gina Films : DocLab, 2014.
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In Milan, a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinian and Syrian refugees who entered Europe via Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden - and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers - by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometers.
[Place of publication not identified] : Lobo Films, 2014.
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This wrenching documentary, shot in Iraq, less than one hundred miles from ISIS-controlled territory, shows an unprecedented in-depth perspective on the daily lives and feelings of refugees. The film features compelling candid testimonies of Syrian refugees who wish to convey their situation to the world with a sense of growing urgency. Scored to Gabriel Faure's Requiem, the documentary is an unflinching portrait of the dire conditions and anxiety faced by refugees, as well as a celebration of the human spirit facing adversity. Despite the bleak plight of the refugees, this is a film of hope. This is a film of tremendous suffering and even greater courage, and a universal reminder of the civilian toll and trauma of modern warfare. Requiem for Syrian Refugees is an artistic statement against overwhelming indifference to the suffering of millions, and a non-partisan call for humanity and compassion.
Sausalito, California : Ro*Co Films Educational, 2013.
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From her childhood bedroom in suburban Chicago, Ala'a, a 19-year-old American girl coordinates the revolution in Syria. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype and cameraphones, she helps her social network "on the ground" in Syria brave snipers and shelling in the streets to show the world the human rights atrocities of a dictator. But just because the world can see the violence doesn't mean the world can help. As the revolution rages on, everyone in the network must decide what is the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.
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"Not Who We Are" highlights the story of Syrian refugees who became displaced due to the brutal war in Syria. In early 2013, Syrians became the fourth largest refugee population in the world. Close to one million of those have taken refuge in Lebanon. More than eighty percent are women and children. War and displacement acutely affect women in particular. They lose their homes, loved ones and possessions and often find themselves in unfriendly environments. Bereft of social support networks, they are vulnerable to discrimination, violence, and abuse. "Not Who We Are" portrays the lives of five women refugees, from different socio-educational backgrounds. In Lebanon they struggle against life's daily brutality and try to rebuild lives shattered by war. They provide us with a glimpse into their daily hardships as well as their strength, resilience and survival instinct.