ONE DAY IN ALEPPO

A film by Ali Alibrahim
2017, 24 minutes
No. 099
Documentary


ONE DAY IN ALEPPO
$150.00
Description
Inspired by questions that followed screenings of Last Men in Aleppo — What about the civilians living alongside the White Helmets? What is life like for them? How do they live under such extreme conditions? Is there a life at all? — this short documentary (produced by Last Men in Aleppo director Feras Fayyad) is a portrait of ordinary people's lives as they try to live through a normal day in the besieged city of Aleppo.

Favoring sounds and images over words, One Day in Aleppo follows various men, women, and children, and in so doing alternates between intimacy and tension. No news report has yet captured how it must truly feel to live on these streets, which Fayyad and director Ali Alibrahim present in its many dimensions: we see children playing, car trips down a city street, the preparation of bread — standard living that never feels at ease, always informed by a fear of death hanging in the air.

Themes emerge, and what's most shocking is their universality: the relationship between parent and child, the dignity of continuing tradition in the face of horror. Compact, concise and deeply resonant, One Day In Aleppo is an indispensable documentary about the crisis in Syria.

Festivals
Winner, Jury Special Mention, Visions du Reel

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