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)

Director's Biography
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
100 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon, in collaboration with Spencer Osberg, Alaa Hassan, Miriam Nørgaard
Cinematography Obaidah Zytoon, Dana Bakdounes, Amr Kheito, Hisham Issa, Wassim Anonymous, Lars Skree
Editing Adam Nielsen
Sound/Sounddesign Olli Huhtanen
Music Colin Stetson
Producer(s) Miriam Nørgaard, Ronnie Fridthjof (Fridthjof Film, DK), David B. Sørensen (Dharmafilm, DK), Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava (Oktober, FI), Alaa Hassan (SY)
Fridthjof Film Spontinisvej 7 2450 Copenhagen SV Denmark
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere