DOCUMENTARY

“During Your Death” a film by Rafia Salama

20/02/2015

“Death has come to dominate the lives of Syrians. They have grown used to it; it’s the thing they are most familiar with. But what happens when one of them cannot get used to it?”

Death has come to dominate the lives of Syrians. They have grown used to it; it’s the thing they are most familiar with. But what happens when one of them cannot get used to it?

Rafia is a young woman from Damascus who is terrified of the ever-increasing incidence of death around her. She starts asking questions, a quest that is an attempt to face her fears. She talks to a pious family man who sees in death the joy of meeting with God, a woman who lost her son, who has to live with his death on a daily basis, and a fighter who still willingly faces it every day.

Rafia tries to understand the ways by which these characters go on living and encounters different approaches to the issue of life’s true importance when surrounded by such random, meaningless death. She tries to answer her own questions, but her answers do not bring her any relief, and seeking knowledge in other ways finds herself before the great existential questions.   

 

This film has received the support of Bidayyat’s documentary grant 2014

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