Cries from Syria
“Cries from Syria” is a cinematic monument and tribute to the Syrian people, whose bravery is an inspiration for all humanity. Five years ago, the Syrian people — inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt — rose up against the dictatorial rule of President Bashar al Assad. Public protests sparked by innocent children who were brutally tortured led to violent crackdowns. Before the long civil war was under way, the Islamic State and others groups stepped in and started seizing Syrian territory, making an already terrible situation worse. Stranded between the opposing forces in the conflict, more than 5 million people have desperately tried to survive by fleeing the country. Two-thirds of them are women and children. “Cries from Syria” is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protesters, leaders of the revolution, human-rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky (Oscar®-nominated “Winter on Fire”), “Cries from Syria” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.