Denmark, Finland, Syria 2017
Obaidah Zytoon leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the centre of the rebellion in Homs, to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism.
THE WAR SHOW is a deeply personal road movie, that captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends, whose life and dreams are turned into nightmares, while the country collapses into chaos around them.
Obaidah Zytoon was born in Zabadani, Syria in 1976. She studied English Literature at the University of Damascus before becoming a radio host and producer, working both in Syria and internationally. In 2008, Obaidah produced her first documentary film, THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES. Following the 2011 Syrian uprising, Obaidah co-founded the Syrian artist/activist collective Waw Al-Wasel, which produces multi-media art and short films related to the Syrian conflict. She has also coached and trained young Syrians entering media and radio production. THE WAR SHOW is Obaidah’s first film as a director.
Born in 1980, grew up in northern Denmark, Andreas Dalsgaard has directed documentaries for over a decade. Educated in Anthropology at Aarhus University and Paris VII, and film directing at The Danish National Film School, his award-winning films have been shown at +200 festivals world-wide and include AFGHAN MUSCLES (2007, American Film Institute Grand Prix), COPENHAGEN (2009, World Best Graduation Film), BOGOTA CHANGE (2009), THE HUMAN SCALE (2012, Al Jazeera Audience Award), LIFE IS SACRED (2015) and numerous shorts. Dalsgaard is also co-founder of the production company Elk Film, writes and directs fiction for both film and theater, and has given conferences and masterclasses world-wide.
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Written by : Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard
Produced by : Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan
Director of Photography : Tahani Burhan, Lars Skree, Obaidah Zytoon, Dana Bakdounes, Amr Kheto, Hisham Kheto, Wasim
Editor : Adam Nielsen
Composer : Colin Stetson
Sound Design : Olli Huhtanen
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2017