Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

In Syria


Year: 2017
Country: BELGIUM
Run Time: 85 minutes

In Syria
In Syria
In Syria
In Syria

In Damascas, the war-torn capital of Syria, the apartment of Oum Yazan became the refuge for other residents whose flats were abandoned or destroyed. The apartment is now their prison. Walled in by a sniper, bombings, and roving soldiers who rape and rob at will, the residents survive hour-by-hour in an environment that can explode at any second. Halima, along with her husband and baby, are preparing to flee to Beirut. As her husband leaves to finalize preparations, he is shot by the sniper and lies outside, presumably dead. Uncertain what to do, nobody tells Halima. The situation worsens as soldiers enter the otherwise empty building and target this remaining refuge. IN SYRIA transpires entirely within this apartment, placing the viewer inside the Syrian conflict and the human price exacted from the innocent. Against a background of gunfire and detonations, the brutal emotional and physical intensity of the war is conveyed unfiltered, making a powerful plea to the humanity in all of us. (In Arabic with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 2:35 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Voices of the Arab World

International Narrative Competition


Philippe Van Leeuw

Philippe Van Leeuw was born in Brussels in 1954. Van Leeuw took courses at INSAS in Brussels and at The American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He currently lives in Paris, where he works as a film director, screenwriter, and director of photography. IN SYRIA won the Panorama Audience Award and the Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as the Politiken's Audience Award at the CPH PIX Film Festival.

The Day God Walked Away (2009), IN SYRIA (2017)

Guillaume Malandrin, Serge Zeitoun

Philippe Van Leeuw

Virginie Surdej

Gladys Joujou

Principal Cast
Hiam Abbass, Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas, Moustapha Al Kar

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Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

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