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THE WAR SHOW

THE WAR SHOW

In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and friends join the street protests against the oppressive regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, the 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. A deeply personal road movie. We were immediately struck by the political and social significance and urgency of the film, while also appreciating its daring and innovative approach to filmmaking. […] We believe it is a film that each and every one of us should see. (Jury, Venice International Film Festival)

ANDREAS DALSGAARD was born in Denmark in 1980. He studied film at the National Film School of Denmark. // Films (selection): Afghan Muscles (2007, doc), Cities on Speed: Bogota Change (2009, doc), The Human Scale (2012, doc), Travelling with Mr. T (2012, doc), Life Is Sacred (2014, doc), The War Show (2016, doc) OBAIDAH ZYTOON was born in Zabadani, Syria, in 1976. She studied English literature at the University of Damascus before becoming a broadcast journalist. She later co-founded the artist-activist collective Waw Al Wasel. The War Show, her first feature documentary, won the Venice Days Award. // Films (selection): The War Show (2016, doc)

Competition Documentary 2017

ANDREAS DALSGAARD, OBAIDAH ZYTOON

Denmark / Finland / Syria 2016
DCP / color
100 minutes
OmeU / OV with engl. subtitles

Screenplay
Cinematography
Obaidah Zytoon, Dana Bakdounes, Amr Kheito, Hisham Issa, Wassim Anonymous, Lars Skree
Editing
Adam Nielsen
Sound
Olli Huhtanen
Music
Colin Stetson
Producers
Miriam Nørgaard, Ronnie Fridthjof (Fridthjof Film, DK), David B. Sørensen (Dharmafilm, DK), Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava (Oktober, FI), Alaa Hassan (SY)

Trailer
Website

Production

Fridthjof Film
Spontinisvej 7
2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
mail@f-film.com
www.f-film.com
World Sales

Fridthjof Film
Spontinisvej 7
2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark
mail@f-film.com
www.f-film.com

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere