Short Films

Red

The film focuses on themes of childhood, women, and death through abstract scenes. The movie was made by Hiba Ansari and features specific symbols such as toys, women shoes, and blood.

Length: 3 minutes
Year of Production: 2010

O Douma

This film is about the massacre perpetrated by the Syrian regime forces at the end of June, 2012, in the city of Douma, near Damascus. It is an exploration of the meaning of invasion and destruction of a Syrian city by the Syrian army. Joint production of al Share’ and Kayani. T

he length is 9 minutes.
Year of Production is 2012

Taste Freedom

About the opening of an ice-cream place in the countryside of Idleb called Freedom. The movie shows how the revolution permeated all aspects of everyday life in the city. Filmed and produced by Absi Smaysem in June 2012, and was shown on France 24. Joint Production with Kayani.

Length: 1:16 minute.
Year of Production: 2012

Revolutionary Banners

On the banners made by the revolutionaries to be displayed during the demonstrations. It was filmed in the Kurdish town of Amouda in the North East of Syria, Zabadani in the suburbs of Damascus; and in the town of Kafarnabl in the North-West.  The locations were chosen based on the distinctive character of the banners in each of the three towns, and their witty allusions. It was shown on France 24. The film was produced by Al-Shari’ and Kayani.

Length: 3:43 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

The Women of Zabadani

About the women of Zabadani, near Damascus. It recounts their story with the revolution since its inception in their town. Shown during the “Shortest Day” event in France, and on France 24. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 4:30 minute.
Year of Production: 2012

Yabroud …. and Assad is gone

About the small town of Yabroud near Damascus, which was one of the first towns to be liberated from the Syrian regime and to start running its own internal affairs. It was shown on France 24. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 5:00 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Kafarsouseh

About the demonstrations in the Damascus neighborhood of Kafarsouseh and how the youth started raising their banners of freedom and create despite the regime their own public sphere, which awaits the liberation of the main public places in their city. It was shown in the Checkpoint Festival in Amsterdam, and in the exhibition of Syrian art in London. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 2:00 minute.
Year of Production: 2012

The Suzuki Car of Freedom

All that old Hamzah owns in life is a mini-truck (known in Syria as Suzuki cars) which he uses to distribute gas cylinders in the town of Binish, in the North West of Syria. All that the people of his town know about him is his ability to annoy them with his speakers and honking. No one ever thought this same “Suzuki” mini-truck became a public symbol after the revolution turned it into a base for the town’s revolutionary radio. Hamzah now drives around his car while playing revolutionary songs or announcing the time of the coming demonstration. The film was shown on France 24. Joint production with Kayani. 

Length: 3:24 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Zabadani Under Siege

How the season of death arrives in Zabadani. Every time a farmer tried to reach out to his trees to get rid of bad fruits or excess branches, he got killed. For farmers to be denied access to their land, for people to be denied this basic freedom, under a regime that professes concern for farmers’ rights and has freedom as one of his main slogans, is for Syrians to know that there is no path before them except the path of revolution. It was shown in the “Shortest Day” Festival in France, and on France 24. The film was made was Amr Khayto and it’s a joint production with Kayani.

Length: 3:05 minute.
Year of Production: 2012

The Freedom that we want

On the meaning of “freedom” for the revolutionary generation in Syria, through a small event organized by male and female activists of both Arab and Kurdish descent in the neighborhood of Ashrafieh in Aleppo, a few weeks only before the beginning of the armed conflict in Aleppo in July 2012. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 1:08 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

The Constitution of Kafarnabl

On the town of Kafarnabl in the Idlib province, which has given itself a revolutionary constitution so as to organize its affairs democratically, and pave the road for a new constitution in summer 2012, in preparation for the post-Assad phase. It was shown on France 24. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 4:44 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Hawn

One of the most famous films of the Syrian Revolution. It shows the minute a Hawn rocket hit the demonstration of Bistan Al-Kasr in Aleppo, in November 2012. The film was prepared and filmed by the journalist Abdallah al-Hakawati who dedicated it to his friend Mostafa Karman who died as a result of that incident. It was played on a number of Arabic and international channels; and the Syrian cinematographer Mohammad Malas will be using some of its scenes in one of his movies on Syria. Joint production with Kayani. 

Length: 2:11 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Local Grapes

About a newspaper that carries the name of the movie, founded by a group of female activists in Daraya near Damascus. They have decided to resist the violence of the Syrian regime and the horrific circumstances that it subjected them to with words and ideas. This was also a way for these women to reach out to the people who did not have access to internet and thus could not follow the political and intellectual turmoil of the revolution. It was shown on France 24. A joint production with Kayani. 

Length: 2:43 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Oxygene

On a newspaper that was established by a group of female activists in Zabadani, near Damascus, for revolutionaries to have a space that could help them avoid mistakes and maintain the non-violent forms of resistance despite the circumstances… and to enjoy more the ‘air of freedom’. It was shown on France 24. Joint production with Kayani.

Length: 3:05 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

The Guardian

This movie is about the “guard” that was chosen for the town of Kafarnabl in North West Syria. The guard is not a man, however, it’s a revolutionary newspaper that monitors the local developments, exposes the regime’s behavior, tells stories about the revolution, and exposes the revolutionaries’ own mistakes as well.  The “Guardian” of Kafarnabl is always watching the revolution, and no one is beyond questioning or criticism. It was shown on France 24; joint production with Kayani.

Length: 2:37 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Students of Binish Association

On the college students in the town of Binish, in the province of Idlib in the North West of Syria. These students declared their defection from the regime-controlled Students Union, and started working on common vision and concrete objectives for the reconstruction of the post-Assad Syrian state. Their association has organized several events, including demonstrations and workshops, and started a publication. They became famous for the “human banners” (words being formed of people standing) during the demonstrations of May 2012. It was shown in France 24. Join production with Kayani. 

Length: 2:04 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

The Kids of Zabadani

On the transformation in the lives of Syrian children in the areas of armed conflict: their response and fear of battles, their shift to play with toy weapons and the fascination with violence. It was shown on France 24. The film is a joint production with Kayani.

Length: 4:30 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Euphrates

On the rampant archeological theft taking place in the town of Shash Hamdan on the banks of the Euphrates, where a roman cemetery is located. Most inhabitants live off of farming and the remittances sent by their sons abroad. Their village suffers from neglect and the lack of basic amenities like water, electricity, and paved roads. After the looting that the town underwent; the sons of Shash Hamdan and other towns started documenting what has been stolen as much as possible and formed a special body to protect their heritage. It was shown on France  24. Joint production with Kayani. 

Length: 3:32 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Home Sweet Home

It is not refugee life that is Mohammad, Shafa’, and Souria Al-Hurra’s biggest problem. They are Syrian children, who, like many others, were forced to leave their homes and move to a small village in the Western Al-Biqa’ region of Lebanon – some of them with their families and some of them without. Their entire suffering today lies in their ever-present memories of what they had witnessed in Syria and what they left behind: their friends, neighborhoods and beautiful houses.  A short film directed by Amro Khito and produced by Al-Sharii’ Foundation.

Length: 12:34 minutes.
Year of Production: 2012

Shower

Every morning, Muhammed, 9 years, starts his journey towards landfill sites in his hometown of Manbij, near Aleppo. He searches for combustible, edible, or fit-to-wear materials. We join Muhammed in one of his daily journeys to find flammable materials to use for cooking and boiling water for bathing. In the afternoon, he comes back to his family with useable refuse and combustible materials. He awaits his turn as his mother baths his younger siblings.
Muhammed is just one of thousands of Syrian children who had to leave school and resort to vagrancy. Those children had to collect garbage because their families had been reduced to poverty by the Assad regime’s systematic policy of starvation and continuous targeting of civilians.
Videographer: Ahmad Khalil.
Supervisor: Alia Khashouq

Length: 4:53 minutes.

White Coal: A Tribute To Youssef Abdelke

Because of my arrest, my interview with Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke, about the revolution and art, was never aired. Now, two years later, Abdelke has been arrested. So, I’ve made a short film that revolves around those hours spent in his small studio, in Damascus, a place that represents half of Damascus.
A short film by Amer Matar, produced by Al-Sharii’ Foundation

Length: 7:05 minutes.
Year of Production: 2013

The Nightmare Happened Here

The film depicts the daily search for bodies to bury and for injured people that can be saved.
On the night of April 22, 2013, a Scud attacked the city of Ar-Raqqah, northeast of Syria. The neighborhood turned into a nightmare filled with death and the sounds of ambulances and hysteria. The three reporters headed to the scene with trepidation and fear knowing that regime forces usually bomb the same sites twice to reap a greater number of lives.
The film depicts this nightmare, the fear and death, in detail. A short film by Mezer, Amer, and Mohammed Noor Matar. It is produced by Al-Sharii’ Foundation.

Length: 4:28 minutes.

Kitchens Of The Revolution

Because of my arrest, my interview with Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke, about the revolution and art, was never aired. Now, two years later, Abdelke has been arrested. So, I’ve made a short film that revolves around those hours spent in his small studio, in Damascus, a place that represents half of Damascus.
A short film by Amer Matar, produced by Al-Sharii’ Foundation

Length: 9:29 minutes.
Year of Production: 2013