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9th DMZ Docs(2017)

I AM DOCU



The War Show

Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

  • Denmark, Finland, Syrian Arab Republic
  • 2016
  • 100min
  • DCP
  • color

Synopsis

In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and friends join the street protests against the oppressive regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment and death.

Review

Syria, the 'affected area' of the contemporary. There was the film (2014) a few years ago, and The War Show may be in the same context of being a film of self-portrayal. The protagonists of this film are Obaidah Zytoon- a radio DJ and co-director of this film-and his friends. When the Arab Spring of 2011 permeates into Syria and the ambience of the 40-years-old revolution towards the Syrian dictatorship rises, Obaidah and her friends participate in this revolution in their own way. But they start to lose faith along with the development of the situation. The well-known state of civil war and rampant terrorism strike Syria to bear refugees and become a barren land. However, depicts the matters we could not feel and acquires the unspeakable in the most personal level. This footage Obaidah shot while running and hiding vividly displays the brutal reality which can never be fully explained through the 'objective' sentences about the international situation. The camera delineates the conditions of Syria by becoming Obaidah’s flesh and mind. Preciseness could be identified from how she divided her film into 7 chapters to go through the current state of Syria. On the other hand, we finally realize that this film is a portrayal of hope and the lives that faded away when she calls out the name of her friends, one by one, on her fifth chapter, 'memory.' [Jung Han-Seok]

Director

  • Andreas Dalsgaard

    Redane (2014)Life is Sacred (2014)Travelling with Mr. T. (2012)The Human Scale (2012)Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (2009)​ 

  • Obaidah Zytoon

    The War Show (2016) 

Credit

  • ProducerMiriam, Norgaard, Alaa Hassan
  • Editor Adam Niesen
  • Sound Olli Huhtanen

Contribution & World Sales

Contribution & World Sales  Nadia Kvist

Phone  45 61604758

E-Mail  nadia@f-film.com