Germany, France, Syria, Qatar, Italy
Sometimes the frame holds a definitive version of what is happening in the world around the filmmaker. And then it collapses. White letters emerge on a black screen to conjure her inner world in this cinematic memoir.
A formal and orderly life in Berlin competes with a life in Damascus that is perforated by dictatorship and dismantled by wars and international political corruption. El Jeiroudi takes solace in cinema, music, the serenity of dreams, and the daily solidarity of a durable and abiding love story.
What do you do as a survivor? You either shut up or tell the whole story.
How to tell a whole story with a fragmented, and sometimes an unregistered memory? How does my silent inner world reflect that unspoken world, or echo an era of revolution, war, immigration, and world politics? How to negotiate in a world uninterested in negotiation?
As a filmmaker, words, sounds and images are delicate elements I deal with, I craft and I order. But how can I create a simple linear story, when I don’t have the luxury of simplicity.
So, here I am. I am the story, yet the teller. This is what is left of me and of the story, of how I bore witness and became involved, of how cinema has saved our sanity and probably our lives.
Over the years, Diana supported several careers and talents and together with her partner Orwa Nyrabia, they have been awarded for their contribution in advancing the documentary film community and culture, notably through setting up the first documentary film festival in Syria DOX BOX and later as a support organisation in Berlin. Diana has been CEO of Proaction Film and No Nation Films since their establishment and she continues to work as an independent director, editor and screenwriter.
2021 - REPUBLIC OF SILENCE, Documentary
2012 - MORNING FEARS, NIGHT CHANTS, Documentary
2007 - DOLLS: A WOMAN FROM DAMASCUS, Documentary
2005 - THE POT, Documentary
2004 - GOOD MORNING DAMASCUS, Feature
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Diana El Jeiroudi
Written by: Diana El Jeiroudi
Main Producer: Orwa Nyrabia
Produced by: Camille Laemle, Diana El Jeiroudi
Cinematography: Sebastian Bäumler, Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer
Editing: Katja Dringenberg, Diana El Jeiroudi
Sound: Raphael Girardot, Nathalie Vidal, Pascal Capitolin
Nominations and Awards
- Documentary Selection 2022