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Syria, diaries of the revolution

Three young syrians are filming themselves daily, to tell us about their lives in the revolution.

About the project

 A WEB DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE SYRIAN REVOLUTION 

Syrian revolutionaries have been confronting the brutality of Assad’s war machine for the last two years. 

Unfortunately, the images and portrayal of the struggle in the media has created enormous confusion about what is actually happening on the ground and why the revolt began. 

What has been lost is the original reason the revolt started, that ordinary Syrians are fighting to liberate themselves from a barbarian regime that has been alienating a large proportion of the population for decades. 

We wanted to find these young people, who never imagined having to survive a life of guerrilla warfare, to see how they live their commitment to a cause.

We have designed a web documentary in which young Syrians have the space and can take the time to tell their story, showing us the daily reality of living through a revolution.

 THE CONCEPT : DIARIES 

A year ago, we asked three young activists to film themselves every day, telling us the story of the Syrian revolution, from both inside and outside the country.

Each week, they send us their videos. These diaries describe  the excitement of the early days, the first victories, the Regime’s brutal response, the adoption of total war, of death, and of their perception of the cowardice of the international community ...

However it is not just about the war. Through telling the story of their lives, their role as activists, they give us their hopes, their disappointments, their anguish, and ultimately their determination.

It is a web documentary about the need for democracy, about physical courage and sacrifice, : this web documentary will be updated every day and we intend to continue the feed throughout 2014.

What are the funds for?

While the war has not destroyed the entire communications infrastructure, the Syrian regime retains full control of the Internet.

Satellite connections are now the only way to communicate freely and securely with rebel held areas in Syria.

To continue to receive the images from  Majid in Aleppo and  Amer in Daraya (a suburb of Damascus) through 2014, we need to provide them with equipment and a satellite subscription.

This is particularly expensive: € 2100 for the modem and 650 € per month of subscription.

With € 6,000 so we can provide a connection for 6 months. If we can raise more money, then even longer.

Thank you so much for any help you can give. Please pass this on to anyone you feel would be interested - don’t allow Syria to get forgotten.

About the project owner

Caroline Donati, an independent journalist and middle eastern specialist, working with online news media channel Mediapart in Paris. She is the author of "L'Exception syrienne : entre modernisation et résistance" (La Découverte, 2009)

http://www.mediapart.fr/biographie/184805

Carine Lefebvre-Quennell, documentary film director, maker of numerous films since 1999, including with production house, Point du Jour International .

http://clqfilm.com

Emmanuel Barrault is producer at DKB Productions. He has co-produced Sur la Planche de Leila Kilani and in development with several interactive projects.

http://www.dkbproductions.com

Stephane Leon from Fullsize is developing the internet site. 

http://www.fullsize.fr/

 OUR PARTNERS 

We have been awarded financial grants from the French National Cinema fund the CNC to help develop the project. Mediapart, a leading French online news platform will provide initial distribution, but we are in negotiations with other online / TV channels for a Europe wide distribution