On the Edge of Life

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On the Edge of Life (Ala hafet alhayat)

Directed by Yasser Kassab

  • Syria 2017; 45 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Joris Ivens / Cnap Award - Cinéma du Réel
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Yaser and his partner Rima leave Syria to Lebanon, but after receiving the news that his younger brother passed away in Aleppo, they end up in a remote and an empty place in Turkey. In this place where the silence and the monotonous daily life being broken by the loud noise of the family calls whom still living in Aleppo. To spend a year and a half, which was almost like a slumber and a coma, waking up every day on the recurring nightmares echo.

Director's Statement

I have a great overwhelming desire to talk about this exceptional phase of my life, as it's an exception phase for most of the Syrian families. The loss and grief. I want to start from that moment when we left Syria, and we didn’t know if it will be the last time that we see Syria.

I want to talk about the trauma that I’ve received because of the passing of my brother in Aleppo, and the anxiety about the family whom still living in Aleppo till this moment.



    Yasser Kassab