Women are silent. And whether its subjects are offering up observations profound or particular, it is consistently, brilliantly, harrowingly illuminating. Three decades on, and female perspectives on war are still proving revelatory. Spanning five years, from the first stirrings of anti-government dissent in Aleppo to the point at which she and many other citizens finally fled the city for good after the regime recaptured it, her raw, diary-esque footage allows viewers to experience the conflict through her eyes — as a nascent journalist, the wife of a doctor running a volunteer hospital and the mother of a young daughter. By means of a voiceover, Al-Kateab frames the film as an address to that child, Sama, who was born in and is an innocent counterpoint to the mayhem — right from the agonising opening sequence where we see her cherubic face in close up, just as an air strike begins.
Three years and three dreams: Documenting a Syrian childhood
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The then year-old lived on a rooftop in Mafraq, a small Jordanian town, with her mum and dad — the only child of parents who were both deaf and mute. A year earlier, the family had escaped from Baba Amr — the epicentre of fighting in the Homs offensive. They had left their home in the dead of night in a bus, and arrived in the town just the other side of the Syrian border with nothing but the clothes on their backs. There were no road names, and I had no GPS. But somehow, I found the office of the social worker, who took me to find Fatima.
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Using magic and Inuit legend, Tia and Piujuq tells a story about how friendship can create possibilities and hope in our lives. Their meeting is possible thanks to an enchanted portal, with one end in a Montreal alley and the other in a cabin near Igloolik, Nunavut. Tia — played by Tia Bshara — is a year-old Syrian girl who recently came to Montreal with her mother and father. Her family is preoccupied — her mother is pregnant and worried about relatives back home.
Susli has been appeared as a guest on far-right and neo-Nazi podcasts and media networks. Susli's work and worldview is grounded in a series of conspiracy theories. She has denied the allegations of atrocities and war crimes against the Assad government.