Morning Fears, Night Chants

    • Salma Aldairy, Roula Ladqani
    • Syria
    • 2012
    • 37 min
    • World Premiere
    • Panorama
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    A young Syrian woman doesn't share her parents' beliefs, but she's still been locked up inside their belief system all her life. Because she is a young woman, her parents almost never allow her to leave the house, let alone participate in activities against the Syrian regime. But she rebels anyway. She writes and sings protest songs in secret, in the hope that they will encourage others to start thinking for themselves, and to believe in a better tomorrow with more freedom. For 37 minutes, we watch and hear about what motivates this young woman. Neither she nor the people around her ever appear identifiably on-screen. Even the voices are manipulated to keep the chance of recognition to a minimum. This makes it painfully clear what kind of world they're living in - and how far their dreams and desires are removed from the reality of their lives. But in spite of it all, the woman continues to write and sing - so that she doesn't have to stand by and look on powerlessly, and so she can experience just a tiny part of the freedom she's dreaming of.

    Credits

    • 37 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Arabic
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Salma Aldairy, Roula Ladqani
    Production
    Iman Al joundi for Syrians Within Borders
    Cinematography
    Ghsoun Hamorabi
    Editing
    Maisam Iriqtanji
    Sound
    Youmen Alshahed
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