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Directed by Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Syria, Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar 2018 120 mins. In Arabic with subtitles

The conflict in Syria, under the brutal Assad regime, has raged on for many years with no end in sight; the country torn asunder between military bombings and ISIS machinations. For first-time filmmakers Al Batal and Ayoub, two young men with a love of cinema, the conflict became inescapably intertwined with their lives. During the past seven years, the duo filmed more than 450 hours of life in Douma, a Damascus suburb and epicenter of fighting. Using their footage to craft a deeply compelling, heartbreaking, and infuriating look inside everyday terror, Al Batal and Ayoub show us the harsh reality of life in Syria— an extremely eye-opening experience that should not be missed.

Filmography: First feature

Content warning: scenes of intense, graphic violence and war

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