Born In Syria
January 20, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Refugee crises are covered daily in the media, which show us terrible images of countless people desperate for a better life or just fighting for a chance to survive. The children are the most vulnerable in this complex matter. In 2016, the Town Hall hosted the exhibition ‘From Syria with love’, showcasing the paintings made by Syrian children and their vision of a world marked by blood, guns and destruction. In a different way to approximate to their feelings, fears and opportunities for their future, we are screening a very recent film that we want to discuss in a special event with people related to this reality.
Born in Syria
Director: Hernán Zin, Denmark, Spain, 2016, 78 min. Recommended +12
(Arabic, Kurdish, French, English, German and Spanish with English subtitles)
With: Hamude, Jihan, Gaseem, Mohammed, Marwan, Arasuli, Kais
Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, around four million Syrians have had to abandon their country, fleeing violence. Over half of them are children. Born in Syria narrates the journey of these refugees from the point of view of the children who live this constant torment. They suffer the abuse of the mafias, the harshness of the sea, the uncertainty of the future with barely the shirt on their back, only to arrive at their long-awaited destination and start a new odyssey: an integration into a new land that, for many, is hostile.
This is the greatest exodus of refugees since the Second World War, seen from a height of four and a half feet through seven stories of war, suffering, and desperation… But ultimately these stories are also tales of overcoming, innocence, bravery, and hope that helps us understand what it means to have been born in Syria.
Filmed in 12 countries, this is a unique testimony to the refugee experience.
Best Documentary, José María Forqué Awards 2017. Nominated for the Goya Awards, Premio Platino del Cine Iberoamericano 2017 and Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, 2017.
Hernán Zin (Argentina, 1971) has a degree in International Relations and has spent the last 20 years travelling the world creating documentaries and writing articles and books. He has directed several documentaries, some include Villas Miseria (2009), It shows life in the slums of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I Want to be Messi (2013), documentary written, directed, and produced by Zin to show the darkest corners of the successful reserve of players in Argentinean soccer. The War Against Women (2013), a documentary film that tackles the topic of rape as a weapon of war, filmed over three years in Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kenya, and Uganda. Born in Gaza (2014) following the story of 10 children born in Gaza. Matadoras (2015) documentary about women in bullfighting and 10 años con Bebe (2016), a documentary on the life of the singer, Bebe.
With Thanks to Java Films