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Love during the siege

22/12/2015

  More than two years have passed and the Syrian regime still besieges the Southern suburbs of Damascus where a population of more than 100,000 people live until today. During those two years, more than 200 died of hunger and the lack of medical care. The remaining still live under the siege, surviving only by what grows from the earth such as grass and other green leafs and vegetables. They fight the siege and hunger through hope and love they have learned to find during the hardest of time.      Director: Mattar Ismaeel Duration: 15:35 Produced by: Bidayyat  Year of production: 2015  

" Chaos", a film by Sara Fattahi

21/09/2015

  Two women have given up on life; their words have stopped in their tracks. One exiles herself to silence; the other attempts to disappear in the company of four female poets who, before her, have attempted themselves to disappear in one way or another. A dialogue between one woman stuck in Damascus and another who had recently left the city. A dialogue between two worlds, internal and external—an impossible one.   This film has received the support of Bidayyat’s documentary grant 2015    

I am the picture and the picture is me

27/05/2015

  The crowds fill the foreground, a river of thin bodies, faces packed between two parallel, receding lines of ruined buildings. The closest face is that of an elderly woman, wearing black shawl on her head. I’ve never seen an exhausted face with quite this kind of parched fatigue before. It is an epic image, it could be a canvas by some great artist, but the truth is it is just a single snapshot from the siege of the Yarmouk Camp in Damascus. How can an image such as this be beautiful, so very beautiful? We are used to describing colours as beautiful... more
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Siege

03/04/2015

" Siege" is the outcome of a workshop via Skype with twelve young people under siege in Yarmouk  Camp near Damascus since almost a year and a half. This film expresses four daily realities of this siege. While finalizing their films, the situation in Yarmouk got worse and it became difficult for them to meet together. They persevered and here are their intimate reflections.   Director: Abdullah al-Khatib, Deaa Yahea, Moayad Zaghmout, Baraa Nmrawi, Jamal Khalife, Mohammad Alsukari, Wassim Mnwar, Abdul Rahman Saleem, Omar Abdullah, Nawar Al-Youssef Duration: 9:14 min Year of production: 2015 Produced by: Bidayyat in partnership with Watad  
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“Home Road” a film by Wael Adlo

20/02/2015

In early 2013, I was filing a report on the southern ring-road in Damascus, part of which had become the front-line between regime forces (on the city side) and the Free Syrian Army occupying the surrounding area. My work on the report got side-tracked by research into the history of this road, which is now the subject of my film. Planning for the road started in the 1970s and construction began in the 1980s—in fact, the very year I was born, directly beside the road in the Midan neighbourhood. It was never finished. The film tells the story of my relationship... more

A DAY AND A BUTTON

07/01/2015

When you can no longer rebel, when your country turns into a big prison, you walk In the same place you used to rebel in, your memory walks you, because the place has changed, or the people were killed, imprisoned, shelled, displaced A city split in 2, regime and liberated, and where is your place? Relax..you're in Damascus! Director: Azza Hamwi Duration: 6:49 min Year of production: 2015 Produced by: Bidayyat
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Top floor - a film by Hassan Hassan

04/09/2013

Telling the story of my adolescence and the beginning of my consciousness, my first love, the fascination for pictures: posters from theatre plays in the national theatre, leaflets of Latin-American movies and cinema stars. Extracts of the famous poet Mahmoud Darwish (Who tell his story, inherits the land of speech and thus possesses the key to the meaningful) and the generation of the play writer Saadallah Wanous that was doomed to only dream of change. I don’t exaggerate if I say that this room, my room, is like a miniature of my home country: Every day, the sun rises at its door... more
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A farewell to Damascus

24/07/2013

Since the very beginning of the Syrian revolution, the actress May Skaaf got involved as a peaceful activist in the popular uprising of her country. As May rapidly took publicly position with the opposition movement against Bashar Al Assad and its regime while living in Damascus, she was subject to continuous harassment and threats by the security forces. Though having experienced several short arrests, May was always determined to stay in her home country. Eventually, in June 2013, the imminent threats of a longer arrest forced her to leave Damascus. But several days before her departure, Azza Al Hamwi documented... more

MiG

08/05/2013

If the "MiG" didn't show up, it could've been just another ordinary day. But it was there, looking for love to shatter, and blow away the features of my exile the "camp", palestine's twin. The bedroom, the beautiful nights and the morning coffee were all exposed to the streets and the main square. At that very moment, Dunia my love and my wife, was dead to me. This movie is about the Palestinian refugee camp "al Yarmouk" on December 16th, when it was attacked by the Syrian regime's "MiGs", as a punishment for sheltering displaced Syrians & Palestinians whom lost their neighborhoods due... more
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