Our Terrible Country // DOCUMENTARY MONDAYS

29.06.2015 / 20:00
Documentary Mondays / Echoes of One World Romania

Our Terrible Country / Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi / Siria, Liban, 2014 / 80 min

Candva aveam doar regimul politic drept inamic unic; acum avem mii de dusmani, constata tanarul fotograf Ziad Homsi, unul dintre cei doi calatori porniti pe drumul dintre Douma si Raqqa, in nordul Siriei. Celalalt calator este Yassin Haj Saleh, un cunoscut scriitor dizident cu 16 ani de inchisoare in anii ‘80 la activ si totodata unul dintre intelectualii publici cei mai vizibili ca participanti la primavara siriana inca din 2011. In centrul filmului se afla relatia fluctuanta dintre cei doi calatori, vazuta din perspectiva unei camere simultan afectuoase si intransigente, care inregistreaza sperantele si deceptiile celor doi in peisajul mai larg al unei tari devastate de razboi. Legatura emotionala dintre intelectualul de varsta mijlocie si tanarul fotograf cu vulnerabilitati si aspiratii similare, dar cu experiente istorice dramatic diferite permite o perspectiva mai larga asupra iluziilor specifice generatiilor carora cei doi le apartin si asupra esecului ambilor de a-si fi transformat idealurile in rezultate concrete. Cronica emotionanta a traseului a doua constiinte sfasiate intre grija pentru cei lasati in urma si propriile sanse altundeva, in afara granitelor Siriei, Cumplita noastra tara este totodata unul dintre primele documentare de lung metraj care prezinta efectele catastrofale ale ISIS asupra Siriei. Fiecare dintre noi trebuie sa lupte cu propriile arme.

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29.06.2015 / 20:00
Documentary Mondays / Echoes of One World Romania

Our Terrible Country / Mohammad Ali Atassi, Ziad Homsi / Syria, Lebanon, 2014 / 80 min

We used to have only one enemy, the regime. Now we have thousands, says young photographer Ziad Homsi, one of two travelers taking the dangerous route from the liberated area of Douma to Raqqa in northern Syria. The other traveler is Yassin Haj Saleh, a well-known Syrian dissident writer who had spent 16 years in prison in the 1980s and emerged as one of the leading public intellectuals who participated in the Syrian uprising since its earliest days. The primary focus of the film is the unfolding relation between the two travelers, as observed by an unflinching camera which follows them through an intimate first-person approach, capturing their hopes and deceptions as well as the countrywide landscape of devastation and war-torn lives. The emotional bond developed between the middle-aged intellectual and the younger photographer, with similar aspirations but with dramatically different historical experiences, allows a wider perspective vis-a-vis the illusions of two different generations and their subsequent failures to turn their idealism into concrete results. A moving chronicle of two conflicted consciences which ponder the fate of their loved ones left behind and their own chances for different lives, beyond Syria, Our Terrible Country is also one of the first feature documentaries to touch on the calamitous effects of ISIS. Each of us must fight with his own arms.

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