Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE WAR SHOW

Year: 2016
Country: SYRIA, DENMARK
Language: Arabic
Run Time: 100 minutes

THE WAR SHOW
THE WAR SHOW
THE WAR SHOW
THE WAR SHOW

Obaidah, a free-spirited Syrian radio DJ, thrives on sharing art with the masses. But a quiet revolution has been brewing, inspiring her to document citizens’ dreams of an uprising. Her filming begins in 2011 in the early stages of a string of Syrian civilian protests against President Bashar al-Assad and his authoritative regime, part of a larger movement now known as the Arab Spring. With her camera in tow, the weapon most feared by the regime, Obaidah captures the rising tensions of her once peaceful homeland. She graciously introduces us to an eclectic cast of characters who evolve into her unofficial family of protesters—united in their desire for a government upheaval. When their public demonstrations meet hostile resistance, civilians and the regime unleash increasingly violent attacks on each other with no regard for the climbing death toll and mass destruction. Through daring footage of dodging regime security checkpoints and outrunning snipers’ deadly gunshots, THE WAR SHOW bravely exposes an up-close-and-personal point of view of a people willing to accept death in the name of patriotism. (In Arabic with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 9:35 PM

Sidebar
VOICES OF THE ARAB WORLD

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director
Andreas Møl Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon

Andreas Møl Dalsgaard is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and producer who was born in Denmark. Obaidah Zytoon was born in al-Zabadani, Syria and is a radio DJ. This film documents Zytoon's firsthand experiences protesting the Syrian regime.

Filmography
THE WAR SHOW (2016)

Producers
David B. Sørensen, Miriam Nørgaard, Ronnie Fridthjof

Cinematography
Obaidah Zytoon, Lars Skree, Amr Kheito, Hisham Issa, Tahani Burhan, Dana Bakdones

Editing
Adam Nielsen

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