Playing with death - a film by Hussein Alghajer


“On the front line with the Free Syrian Army, Ahmed loses his gloomy childhood and enters a worrisome new period of adolescence  ”

Ahmad is a child. He was born in 1998 in one of the poorest suburbs of Damascus  “Hajr Al Aswad”. With the revolution, Ahmed left Damascus with one of his brothers for the northern city of Idlib, but was critically injured by the regular army during an anti-regime protest. In order to rest, Ahmad was taken to the city of Aleppo - a city where Ahmed eventually will join the Free Syrian army as a child soldier to fight alongside with his new companions on the front lines of this city. With each day of living and fighting with his fellow combatants in Aleppo, Ahmed gets closer and closer to his new “family”.

While his relationship with the place and fear is of the same kind as his companions, his dreams are very different. His past is filled with pictures of the poverty of his childhood. Lacking the most basic needs like so many children of his generation, he wouldn’t be able to afford going to school, but instead work in any workshop just to cover his daily needs. 

In his present, Ahmed finds himself as a fighter in Aleppo among the rubble and death, in the absence of a more promising future.

This film has received the support of Bidayyat's documentary grant 2013



#Death  # Syria  # fear  # Chidlhood