#chicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

    • Joe Piscatella
    • United States, Syria
    • 2013
    • 74 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance, IDFA DOC U Competition
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    From the Chicago suburbs, Ala’a, an American teenage girl, helps run the revolution in Syria. Through social media she coordinates for Aous, a student in Damascus who braves snipers to organize protests, and Bassel, a film student who left his scholarship to show the world what Syrian State TV won’t broadcast. Through camera phones and social media, Ala’a helps turn the world’s eye to the crisis in Syria. But just because the world can see the atrocities doesn't mean that the world can help. Ultimately, Ala’a and her network must choose between social media and AK-47s.

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    • 74 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English, Arabic
    • Subtitles in: English
    Director
    Joe Piscatella
    Production
    Mark Rinehart
    Cinematography
    Bassel Shahade, Rob Hauer
    Editing
    Matthew Sultan
    World Sales
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    IDFA history

    2013
    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for First Appearance
    IDFA DOC U Competition

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