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Our Memory Belongs to Us

Frihed, håb og andre synder – Den syriske revolution 10 år senere
Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Denmark,
France,
Palestinian Territories
2021
90 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Rami Farah
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Signe Byrge Sørensen
Lyana Saleh
Anne Köhncke
Reema Jarrar
Gladys Joujou
Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Henrik Garnov
Anders V. Christensen
Kinan Azmeh
Dima Saber
Rami Farah
Lyana Saleh
Signe Byrge Sørensen

The most valuable thing Yadan carries with him on his flight is a hard drive. It contains almost 13,000 videos recorded in 2011 and 2012 by him and other insurgents in Daraa, the “cradle” of the Syrian revolution. Eight years later, Yadan and two of his fellow travellers meet in a theatre in Paris to (re)confront the material. In the dialogue between the men and the images, a piece of the country’s history begins to take shape.

When peaceful protest turns into brutal war, a small group of civilians become the voice of Daraa. They film where there is no official coverage: at first in order to help the revolution into actual existence by their media representation, later to bear witness in an urgent plea for help to the international community. Against the human rights crimes of the government troops, against shelling and bombs – the camera is their weapon. The cinematic set-up becomes the starting point for a reflection about the meaning of images, then and now, and at the same time triggers a conversion of personal into collective memories. The protagonists’ reactions reveal how painful this process is: “Is the collection of the story worth all the violence that memory brings back?” is asked from offscreen. The film gives a decisive answer.
Sarina Lacaf
Nominated for Leipziger Ring
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State of the World
Exile
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When Light Is Displaced

When Light Is Displaced
Zaina Bseiso
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Palestinian Territories,
USA
2021
7 minutes
Arabic
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Zaina Bseiso
Luis Gutierrez Arias
Zaina Bseiso
Zaina Bseiso
Zaina Bseiso
Luis Gutierrez Arias
Brian Griffith
Zaina Bseiso
Sarah Ibrahim
Gavati Wad
Adam Wand
Jordan Wong

In her light-footed film miniature, Zaina Bseiso links the disappearance of the last orange grove from the suburbs of Los Angeles with the fate of the Jaffa orange, a native fruit of Palestine. When she engages her father in a conversation regarding this content and artistic concept, it turns into a discussion about how a good documentary can approach reality and why – with all due respect for realism – we must never underestimate the power of illusion.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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State of the World
Exile