The Greatest Sacrifice

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    The Greatest Sacrifice

    Directed by

    Syria, United Kingdom, Lebanon

    2018

    96 min

    • Arabic

    Documentary

    Haaf and Daour live in the Syrian city of Saraqeb. Both men are actively involved in the revolution, which began in 2011 as a peaceful movement. For three years, director Eyad Aljarod, who’s also from Saraqeb, follows them as the character of the revolution changes. Gradually, we see fewer songs and lectures, less unity, and more weapons, destruction, banditry and Islamist militias. At first, Aljarod captures hopeful meetings and meaningful, sometimes poetic conversations, indoors or in the car that Daour uses to patrol the roads, looking for anything that might be endangering his fellow citizens. But the atmosphere takes on a more ominous tone when Daour and others like him arm themselves against Assad’s government army, which operates a scorched-earth policy. Saraqeb is consumed by fear, sorrow, frustration and rage. Daour and his fellow fighters try to liberate the city, one building at a time. And once again the camera is right there in the line of fire. Aljarod keeps filming, no matter how dangerous things get. His unflinchingly committed testimony highlights the hope and unity among these helpless but resolute citizens and brings home the destructive power of war.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Eyad Aljarod
    Cinematography
    Eyad Aljarod
    Editing
    Eyad Aljarod
    Production
    EYAD ALJAROD
    Eyad  Aljarod

    Eyad Aljarod

    Syria

    Eyad ALJAROD (Syria) was born in Saraqeb and has experienced the Syrian revolution at first hand from its peaceful start to the cruel current conflict. His directorial debut LOVERS' NOTEBOOK (2015) depicts how his place of birth has been scarred by the revolution and premiered at the Rotterdam IFF. His most recent film THE GREATEST SACRIFICE (2018) premiered at IDFA.