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Douma Underground

Tim Alsiofi’s unflinching document of people sheltering in a city under siege reaffirms the importance of transparency and immediacy in documenting crucially important scenes of unfolding history through moving images.

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Douma Underground

‘With the barrel bombs falling on Ghouta, the Eastern suburbs of Damascus, civilians sought shelter in the basements of their homes. I was one of them, holding on to my camera. I tried to film what I couldn’t express in words.’

‘The words that did come to mind were lines of poetry from Teresa Mei Chuc’s ‘The Bomb Shelter,’ from Saigon to Ghouta, When bombs are exploding outside, It means that there are implosions. Vibrations travel through air and liquid. My amniotic fluid is imprinted with airplanes Dropping bombs and screams and fire. In the bomb shelter in Saigon, My father teaches my two-year-old brother French. “Je m’appelle Chuc Nai Dat.” “Je m’appelle…”‘ —Tim Alsiofi

Tim Alsiofi’s unflinching document of people sheltering in a city under siege reaffirms the importance of transparency and immediacy in documenting crucially important scenes of unfolding history through moving images. —Herb Shellenberger

Director

Tim Alsiofi

UK Premiere

Production Countries

Lebanon Syria

Production Year

2018

Duration

11 mins

Dialogue Language

Arabic

Subtitle Language

English

Producer

Rola Kobeissi

Print Contact

Tween H