HAUNTED – MASKOON (Syrien 2014, Liwaa Yazji, DOK.special). What does it mean to be forced to leave your home without a moment’s notice? HAUNTED is a raw, unembellished eyewitness account of a human catastrophe. A film that takes us to the heart of Syrian refugees’ everyday life.
HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS – MANAZIL BELA ABWAB (Syrien, Libanon 2016, Avo Kaprealian, DOK.special). For Aleppo’s Armenian population, the horror of the Syrian civil war brings back memories of the 1915 genocide. HOUSES WITHOUT DOORS documents how the war permeates everyday life and finds an echo in the terrors of Armenian film’s surreal visual worlds.
THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT – AL-RAKIB AL-KHALED (Syrien, Libanon 2014, Ziad Kalthoum, DOK.special). By day he is a sergeant in the Syrian army. After his military service he worked on the film set of his friend, Mohamed Malas. Both lives are dictated by bombings and war. In interviews and partly experimental images, Ziad Kalthoum captures what remains of normality.