In February 2013, a video published on Youtube showed a child - surrounded by a number of children and young men - singing A-Qaida songs in the streets of Binnish in the northern Syrian province of Idlib. The songs not only glorified Bin Laden, but also incited to kill Alawites and Shiites.
The video spread massively among the social media and the city of Binnish quickly became infamous for the songs' core statements of hatred and intolerance. On top of that, the Syrian opposition as well as Syrian regime supporters used it as a means to incite sectarian killings and confessional hatred.
Two months after the video's release, another video of a singing child appeared on YouTube. This time, it glorified the "Fourth Brigade" of the regular Syrian army and its acts of killing and destruction in rebel-held areas of the country. Again, the two directions used this video to incite sectarian killings and confessional hatred.
But how to face those who film, upload and advertise such videos in the only aim of manipulating innocent children for their personal aims to incite mutual killings?
In our search for an answer to this question, "Bidayyat" came to the conclusion that irony is one of the few means capable to resist violence, hatred and sectarian killing. Irony prevails over hate speech, as it uses the more human impulses of laughter, joy, dancing and sarcasm.
Therefore, we produced this sarcastic video in the aim and hope that the two children of opposite will someday live side by side in dignity and freedom in a new Syria, free of tyrants and sectarian hatred.
New Syria, a country characterized by peaceful co-existence, justice and freedom as well as happiness and irony
Year of production: 2013
Produced by: Bidayyat