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Documenting Syria: Filmmaking, Video Activism and Revolution

Wessels, Josepha LU (2018)
Abstract
This monograph gives an overview of the history of Syrian documentary cinema
and describes how Syrian documentary filmmaking and grass root media
activism emerged, developed and documented life and society in Syria, prior
and after the start of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. Based on extensive media
ethnography, and in-depth interviews with Syrian filmmakers in exile, grassroot
media activists and fieldwork in Turkey and Syria, the book provides an archival
analysis of the documentary work by masters of Syrian cinema, such as Nabil
Maleh, Ossama Mohammed, Mohammed Malas, Hala Al Abdallah, Hanna Ward,
Ali Atassi and Omar Amiralay. The book describes how these Syrian cinema
masters played a defining role... (More)
This monograph gives an overview of the history of Syrian documentary cinema
and describes how Syrian documentary filmmaking and grass root media
activism emerged, developed and documented life and society in Syria, prior
and after the start of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. Based on extensive media
ethnography, and in-depth interviews with Syrian filmmakers in exile, grassroot
media activists and fieldwork in Turkey and Syria, the book provides an archival
analysis of the documentary work by masters of Syrian cinema, such as Nabil
Maleh, Ossama Mohammed, Mohammed Malas, Hala Al Abdallah, Hanna Ward,
Ali Atassi and Omar Amiralay. The book describes how these Syrian cinema
masters played a defining role in avant-garde filmmaking and political dissent
against authoritarianism since the 1970s. The works of these filmmakers became
iconic for a younger generation of talented documentary filmmakers, just before
the Syrian revolution and provided the foundation of the formation of film
collectives and personal networks. The book describes the emergence of a
young urban group of activists and filmmakers who emerged in the capital of
Damascus since beginning of the 21st century and who engaged in various civil
society activities prior to 2011. A special chapter is dedicated to the life and
works of the late Syrian filmmaker and pro-democracy activist Bassel Shehadeh
who died in Homs in 2012. The second part of the book focuses on the period
after the popular uprisings in 2011 and how mobile phone footage and
YouTube radically changed the documentary and media landscape in Syria. A
specific attention is placed on the role of grassroot video activists and
filmmakers from Aleppo and Raqqa and their brave video-resistance not only
against the authoritarian regime of President Bashar al-Assad but also against
jihadi extremists and, specifically in Raqqa, against the Islamic State (IS). (Less)
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Syria, Documentary, Video, Media, War, Revolution, Activism
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290 pages
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IB Taurus
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English
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  abstract     = {This monograph gives an overview of the history of Syrian documentary cinema<br/>and describes how Syrian documentary filmmaking and grass root media<br/>activism emerged, developed and documented life and society in Syria, prior<br/>and after the start of the Syrian Revolution in 2011. Based on extensive media<br/>ethnography, and in-depth interviews with Syrian filmmakers in exile, grassroot<br/>media activists and fieldwork in Turkey and Syria, the book provides an archival<br/>analysis of the documentary work by masters of Syrian cinema, such as Nabil<br/>Maleh, Ossama Mohammed, Mohammed Malas, Hala Al Abdallah, Hanna Ward,<br/>Ali Atassi and Omar Amiralay. The book describes how these Syrian cinema<br/>masters played a defining role in avant-garde filmmaking and political dissent<br/>against authoritarianism since the 1970s. The works of these filmmakers became<br/>iconic for a younger generation of talented documentary filmmakers, just before<br/>the Syrian revolution and provided the foundation of the formation of film<br/>collectives and personal networks. The book describes the emergence of a<br/>young urban group of activists and filmmakers who emerged in the capital of<br/>Damascus since beginning of the 21st century and who engaged in various civil<br/>society activities prior to 2011. A special chapter is dedicated to the life and<br/>works of the late Syrian filmmaker and pro-democracy activist Bassel Shehadeh<br/>who died in Homs in 2012. The second part of the book focuses on the period<br/>after the popular uprisings in 2011 and how mobile phone footage and<br/>YouTube radically changed the documentary and media landscape in Syria. A<br/>specific attention is placed on the role of grassroot video activists and<br/>filmmakers from Aleppo and Raqqa and their brave video-resistance not only<br/>against the authoritarian regime of President Bashar al-Assad but also against<br/>jihadi extremists and, specifically in Raqqa, against the Islamic State (IS).},
  author       = {Wessels, Josepha},
  keyword      = {Syria,Documentary,Video,Media,War,Revolution,Activism},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {290},
  publisher    = {IB Taurus},
  title        = {Documenting Syria: Filmmaking, Video Activism and Revolution},
  year         = {2018},
}