poignant focus on syria section at locarno
Last Updated : GMT 00:34:39
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Poignant Focus on Syria section at Locarno

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Poignant Focus on Syria section at Locarno

Damascus - Arab Today

After the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, film festivals such as Cannes quickly programmed documentaries made in those countries about the removal of dictators through popular protest. These films were often upbeat in tone, as they were made before it became apparent that the changes did not necessarily signal a new democracy. The documentaries quickly seemed dated. The situation with Syria has been more complex. There has been an ongoing civil war, President Bashar Al Assad has remained in government, and the international community has been split over how to respond, with Russia and the US supporting opposing factions. Judging by the films shown in the Focus on Syria section at the Locarno Film Festival currently being held in Switzerland, the response from filmmakers has also been more astute and complicated. In his debut year as artistic director, Carlo Chatrian put together a programme of five Syrian films made in the past decade that offer unique and intriguing insights into life in the country both before and after the recent war began. There is the world premiere of Untold Stories by Hisham Al Zouki, the 2006 Unicef-backed film Black Stone by Nidal Al Dibs, the poetic Zabad made by the Syrian actress-turned-director Reem Ali, Randa Maddah\'s Light Horizon (a one-shot movie that lasts seven minutes) and True Stories of Love, Life, Death and Sometimes Revolution by the Syrian filmmaker Nidal Hassan and Danish director Lilibeth Rasmussen. Chatrian accurately describes the works as \"courageous films often made under extremely difficult circumstances, but which nonetheless proclaim their maker\'s determination to experiment with cinema and new media as a way to tell the world about the ills afflicting their country\". Black Stone and Zabad were personal stories about dissatisfaction with life in Syria that were banned by the state before the recent uprising. The filmmakers behind Untold Stories and Love, Life, Death and Sometimes Revolution had to shoot clandestinely and subsequently flee the country before releasing their films. Light Horizon was shot in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria occupied by Israel after the 1967 war, and reflects on the effect that war has on villages and citizens. Al Zouki says that part of his motivation for making Untold Stories is to show the situation on the ground. \"Last year we just saw a lot of stories from Syria manipulated by the news. Everyone is wondering what is going on in Syria. The film somehow tries to focus on the normal people living in Syria who in some way started the movement and the process. \"I can\'t document everything that happened in two years but I just wanted to give an impression of what is happening. Everyone thinks that this is a war between Islamists and secular individuals. That is not true. I wanted to show Muslims who are not extremists and can demand a civil state. The real story is that this is not war about religion: it is very simple - it\'s about freedom.\" The Damascus-born director knew that by making Untold Stories, he will now be put on a blacklist and prevented from returning to Syria. In 1987 he was put in jail for seven years, when at university, for being a student activist. He currently lives in Norway. Reem Ali, the director of Zabad, made in 2008, was unable to attend the festival as the former actress fled Syria during the current uprising and now resides in Beirut; she has no passport. Zabad is a poetic film told from the perspective of a disabled man, about how changes in the country and in personal circumstances lead to his family leaving him to fend for himself in Syria. Both Zabad and Black Stone, set in one of Syria\'s poorest regions, hint at the dissatisfaction that has been festering in the country for 40 years.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

poignant focus on syria section at locarno poignant focus on syria section at locarno

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

poignant focus on syria section at locarno poignant focus on syria section at locarno

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today PNG police start removing refugees

GMT 03:00 2017 Friday ,24 November

PNG police start removing refugees
Arab Today, arab today Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration

GMT 02:56 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration
Arab Today, arab today Syria congress to go ahead

GMT 02:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Syria congress to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today IS media offline for a day

GMT 02:10 2017 Friday ,24 November

IS media offline for a day
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Human form of 'mad cow' disease

GMT 00:11 2017 Friday ,24 November

Human form of 'mad cow' disease
Arab Today, arab today British woman jailed in Iran to appear

GMT 03:19 2017 Friday ,24 November

British woman jailed in Iran to appear
Arab Today, arab today 'Trash islands' off Central America indicate

GMT 20:19 2017 Friday ,24 November

'Trash islands' off Central America indicate
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product

GMT 03:24 2017 Friday ,24 November

Mitsubishi Materials units falsified product
Arab Today, arab today 'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils

GMT 08:07 2017 Thursday ,23 November

'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils
Arab Today, arab today Solaf happy for participating in “Hotline”

GMT 07:56 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Solaf happy for participating in “Hotline”
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 08:03 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success

GMT 08:03 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Srebrenica women cry tears of joy

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 09:12 2017 Thursday ,23 November

4 in 10 cancers due to modifiable risk

GMT 10:47 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

The Big Apple bike boom

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday