Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.
Replace the expert-led and distant views of the revolution in Syria with this deeply affecting doc—screening here in a sneak preview before its wide release—carved from 300 hours of amateur footage. In this personal account, Damascus-based radio host Obaidah Zytoon immerses us in the euphoria of protest and feeling on the verge of real change in 2011, through the emotional trauma and bloodshed of the following years. Less a political statement than a window into a world coming apart at the seams, this irresistible favourite from TIFF 2016 brings us face-to-face with the realities of revolution from an average citizen’s eye.
Syrian filmmaker and writer Marcelle Aleid will participate in a post-screening discussion hosted by Harvard Seal Documentary Film Club. More information on the discussion here.