Filmscreening+Q&A „Syria: The Impossible Revolution“

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Date(s) - 28/09/2018
17:00 - 20:00



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Syria – The Impossible Revolution
(2018, 90 Min.)
Regie: Ronan L Tynan und Anne Daly
Esperanza Production

Veranstaltung (Screening und anschl. Podiumsdiskussion im Moviemento, 28.9.2018, ab 19.00)

Der Dokumentarfilm, erstmals in Deutschland zu sehen, zeigt die Entwicklung der syrischen Revolution, die als gewaltloser Aufstand breiter Teile der Bevölkerung gegen eine der ruchlosesten Diktaturen begann und in eine Katastrophe mündete. Das Assad-Regime und seine Verbündeten wussten den Forderungen nach Brot, Würde und Freiheit mit nichts anderem als brutaler Gewalt zu begegnen.

Der Film verfolgt die Entwicklung seit Beginn der Herrschaft der Assads bis hin zum Fall von Aleppo 2016, wobei Archivmaterial und Interviews mit unterschiedlichen Menschen, die direkt am Aufstand beteiligt waren, ebenso zum Einsatz kommen wie die Stimmen von Experten.

Beleuchtet wird auch die Rolle diverser überregionaler und regionaler Mächte und die Frage der Solidarität mit der syrischen Revolution und einer Bevölkerung, die massiven Bombardierungen, Hungerbelagerungen, Vertreibung und dem Terror verschiedener Milizen ausgesetzt war und ist. Kritisch wird der Frage nachgegangen, warum eine „antiimperialistische Linke“ sich nicht zur Solidarität mit einem ebenso legitimen wie inspirierenden Aufstand entschließen konnte.

Im Anschluss diskutieren die Regisseur*innen und ein oder mehrere an der syrischen Revolution Beteiligte mit dem Publikum über diese und andere Fragen, die der Film aufwirft.

(Film und Veranstaltung: auf Englisch mit, bei Bedarf, „Flüsterübersetzung“, Arabisch und Deutsch)


Syria – The Impossible Revolution
A film by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan
Duration: 90 mins

Film screening followed by a panel discussion in the Moviemento Cinema. 09/28/2018 at 7 pm

The documentary, first seen in Germany, shows the development of the Syrian revolution, which began as a nonviolent uprising of broad sections of the population against one of the most ruthless dictatorships and resulted in a catastrophe. The Assad regime and its allies responded to the demands for bread, dignity and freedom with nothing but brutal force.

The film follows the evolution from the beginning of Assad’s reign until the fall of Aleppo in 2016, using archive footage and interviews with various people directly involved in the uprising, as well as the voices of experts.

The role of various supraregional and regional powers and the question of solidarity with the Syrian revolution and a population that was and is exposed to massive bombing, starvation sieges, displacement and the terror of various militias is also highlighted. The question of why an „anti-imperialist left“ could not decide on solidarity with an uprising that is as legitimate as it is inspiring is critically examined.

Afterwards, the director and one or more of the Syrian revolution participants will discuss with the audience these and other issues raised by the film.

(Film and Event: in English with, if required, „whispering“, Arabic and German)


Syria – The Impossible Revolution
A film by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan
Duration: 90 mins

Three years in the making this feature length documentary offers unique insights into the roots of the Syrian Revolution and how what began as a peaceful uprising turned into a very brutal conflict as the Assad regime cracked down.

‘Syria – The Impossible Revolution,’ a film by Anne daly and Ronan Tynan, seeks to unravel the roots and ‘complexities’ of the bloodiest conflict in the
Middle East as well as the politics of the Western response. It also examines why some elements on the Left are on the same page as the extreme Right defending the Assad regime against “US imperialism” apparently oblivious to the role of Iran and especially Russia and her indiscriminate bombing of civilians as well as targeting hospitals which many charge are warcrimes? The film traces the roots of the Syrian revolution through the regime of Assad’s father up to the fall of Aleppo. Using extensive archive and interviews with a wide range of people directly involved as well as experts on the region, the documentary seeks to offer some understanding about a conflict that has plumbed new depths in terms of the toll it has extracted on civilians. Some suggest more than five hundred thousand are already dead, half the population have fled their homes and five millions are now refugees in Europe and neighbouring countries with little prospect of returning any time soon.

The film also examines the rise of the jihadis including Islamic State and Al Qaeda with evidence partly nurtured by Assad as he continues to present himself as “fighting the war on terror”. Meanwhile, the violence has drawn in almost every major power, as well as all of the leading regional powers. But one thing is clear, civilians and ordinary Syrians seem to count for little or nothing in their calculations.

Paul Conroy, the legendary war photographer, described the documentary as ‘an incredible film on the history of the Syrian conflict’. Paul was wounded in Syria in 2012 when his colleague war correspondent Marie Colvin was killed in Baba-Amr, Homs by an Assad regime artillery barrage targeted at their press centre. French photographer Remi Ohlick was also killed in the same attack.

‘Syria – The Impossible Revolution’ is an Esperanza Production and was directed by Ronan L Tynan and co-produced with Anne Daly.


Esperanza Productions is an award winning independent production company and was founded by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan in 1995. The company has won a number of major awards over the years with Tynan and Daly receiving the Television Journalism of the Year Award in 1999 for Dropping the Number 10 for Dili. In 1996 they won the National Television Broadcasting Award for When Happiness is a Place for Your Child. More recently Mother Against The Odds was shortlisted for Best Feature Documentary at the Fingal Film Festival 2013.


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