The third installment of Filmatique's Banned Nations Shorts Program is devoted entirely to Syria. Contemporary life inside the besieged nation is chronicled from six disparate perspectives, using both experimental and narrative techniques.
Organized in collaboration with Syrian journalist and filmmaker Ahmad Al Hajj & Wind Cinema.
Frontline by Saeed al Batal & Ghiath-Had / Syria, 2014
A meditation on life on the frontline— on the outskirts of Damascus, between the suburb of Jobar and the Abbasyeen Square; between life and death, beginnings and endings; between the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Regime Army; between the sniper and his rifle; between the voice of Fayrouz and the sound of bullets.
Meen by Saeed al Batal / Syria, 2016
"Meen?" (Who?) is the question that the besieged city of Douma's families ask themselves, us, and the world, again and again. Each time this question is asked, one gets a step closer to the truth.
Saeed al Batal is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker. He has written articles for many news agencies such as NPR, Syria Deeply and Lexpress. Saeed founded Sam Lenses in 2012 and is one of the Founders and volunteers of the Humans of Syria Project.
Panic Attack by Khaled Alwarea / Syria, 2016
This short experimental film documents an existential crisis within one of the infamous Syrian-regime secret service detention centers, where the filmmaker has been incarcerated for practicing a basic freedom of expression— denouncing the regime.
Khaled Alwarea is a Syrian artist who has worked in multiple forms including installation design, visual art, photography, sculpture, film-making, architecture, and interior design. Khaled has participated in many art and photography exhibitions in Syria and Lebanon, including the international photography movement Syrian Eyes of the World and several photography exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
Panic Attack has since been selected for multiple film festivals globally and has received a Merit Award from the LA-based Awareness Festival in 2016.
France has recently granted asylum to Khaled, where he is currently based.
It's Only Three Nails!! Saturn Devouring His Son by Ahmad Al Hajj / Syria, 2015
Exploring the mechanism by which a man is transformed into a nail which has specific tasks, this short suggests that the contemporary Syrian is doomed by everlasting regulations that intersect with the values of social equity, injustice and tyranny.
Ahmad Al Hajj is a Syrian journalist, film programmer and filmmaker, and one of the founding members of Wind Cinema.
Capparis by Kossai Al Asadi / Syria, 2014
Capparis chronicles the return to a family home after the devastation of war, and the insistence on the continuity of life despite ever-present danger. The plant Capparis is a symbol of hope amid yards of death.
Kossai Al Asadi is a Syrian-Palestinian filmmaker. His work has been screened at several international film festivals.
Fade Away by Ali Yaghi / Syria, 2013
This short experimental film observes a man's permanent struggle with the nostalgia of childhood and the time-warp of medication, to confront death and ultimately vanquish it.
Ali Yaghi's film was selected as part of Eastern Breeze International Film Festival's Official Selection in 2015.
ABOUT WIND CINEMA:
Handling film projects from pre-production to marketing and distribution, Wind Cinema's "Friends of the Wind" program invites artists to participate in art exhibitions and film festivals, alongside collaboration and financing opportunities. Friends of the Wind allows artists a clear and efficient method of accessing donors, exhibits, residencies and festivals. Friends of the Wind constitutes the nucleus of Wind Cinema's larger mission of creating real fostering Arab cinema, with a specific emphasis on Syrian artists.