Syrian Filmmakers Use Vimeo to Shine a Light on Deadly War

Video-sharing site Vimeo proves once again the power of art with a band of self-taught Syrian filmmakers shining a light on wartime strife with 250 online videos.

The group of amateur filmmakers, known as the Abounaddara, have been dedicated to making short videos that showcase the wartime culture embedded within their native Syria since April 2011. Their most recent works are interviews with citizens caught within the Syrian conflict: a sniper, a gang of resistance fighters and a young girl who refuses to wear what she’s ordered to under threat of exile.

All the filmmakers are anonymous, with the exception of two: Osama al-Habali, who was arrested at the Syrian-Lebanese border two years ago at age 24, and is still being held; and Charif Kiwan, who was able to leave the country and act as the Abounaddara’s spokesperson.

The group is finally able to showcase their works at the contemporary Arab art exhibition, Here and Elsewhere, in New York City. Kiwan attended and spoke at the exhibition’s launch, saying, “We have to do something to let you see and feel this society in an accurate way.”

Do powerful videos, such as these, make you feel more engaged in the world? What are some other topics you wish would be highlighted by filmmakers online?

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