The War Show
In the beginning the goal was clear. Get rid of Assad’s regime and all of its ugliness, to achieve freedom to be whoever you want to be.
In March 2011, Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon (Oby) and friends join the street protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, the group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment and death. Oby leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the center of the rebellion in Homs, to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism. A deeply personal road movie, The War Show captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.
As the story unfolds, we follow in the footsteps of the Syrian revolution. Oby is fighting for honesty and justice, but in the face of war everything gets corrupted. Close friends of Oby disappear and are found tortured to death. Others just vanish. Slowly her memories are disconnected. She seeks to reassemble the pieces between ugliness and beauty. This is Oby’s internal struggle, as she fights to remain human in the face of conflict:
”I came back to Saraqib and everything had changed. The town was silent. The confrontations were over and had shifted to towns close by. The opposition was now divided into many groups, all led by Islamic groups like Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham using fighters from abroad. They are good fighters and part of the reason the town succeeded in winning its independence. But they also brought their ideology, telling Syrians how to live their lives in their own country. Shame on us for letting these people be part of our revolt.” – Oby
“…Essential… Highly personal yet universally affecting”
“…Doesn’t just hit home, it does so with devastating force”
“…Manages to capture the hopes and fears of an entire generation”