9 Days - from My Window in Aleppo

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    9 Days - from My Window in Aleppo

    Directed by

    • Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege

    Netherlands, Syria

    2015

    13 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary

    IFF Rotterdam

    One morning in August 2012, renowned Syrian photographer Issa Touma saw young men lugging sandbags into his street. It turned out to be the start of the Syrian uprising in the city of Aleppo. Touma grabbed his camera and spent nine days holed up in his apartment, recording what was happening outside. The result? An unprecedented glimpse into a war that has been raging for three years now.

    Awards

    • Best Short Film - BFI London FF
    • Best European Short Film - European Film Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Issa Touma
    Cinematography
    Issa Touma
    Editing
    Floor van der Meulen
    Thomas Vroege
    Production
    DEEPFOCUS PRODUCTIONS, INC.
    Sales
    SOME SHORTS
    Floor van der Meulen

    Floor van der Meulen

    Netherlands

    Floor van der Meulen, born in 1989 in the Netherlands, studied Audiovisual Design at the Rotterdam WdKa Art Academy and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2014, she made her international debut with her documentary STORMING PARADISE (50min), broadcast by Al Jazeera Channel and screened at numerous international film festivals including DOK Leipzig. Her film 9 DAYS FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO (2015) was selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam, DOK Leipzig, won Best Short Film at the BFI Film Festival London, and picked up, after 85+ festival selections, the Best European Short Film Award at the 29th European Film Awards. Her 45min drama IN EXILE (2016) was nominated for two ‘Dutch Oscars’ and won the award for Best Actress. Floor has been selected to the rough cut Editing Station at IDFA Summer School 2018 with her documentary feature debut LAST MALE STANDING. Floor has been selected to develop her first feature METHUSALEM at the Berlinale Script Station in 2018.

    Selected Filmography

    Thomas Vroege

    Thomas Vroege

    Netherlands

    Thomas Vroege (Netherlands, 1988) was educated at the Saint Joost Academy of Arts. His graduation film won a wildcard from The Netherlands Filmfund. Vroege's short film 9 DAYS - FROM MY WINDOW IN ALEPPO, which he co-directed with Floor van der Meulen was screened at IFF Rotterdam 2016. He is based in Amsterdam.