The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers

The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers

The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers

The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers

2012 / Syria, Turkey / 52min

Two years later, with thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, NATO’s toppling of Moammar Qaddafi in Libya, and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power. While focusing on the plight of those caught in the crossfire of the hegemons, we seek to unravel the conflict by exploring the motivations of its actors—the Ba’athist regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Free Syrian Army and other geopolitical players like the United States, Israel, Russia, China, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, the Gulf countries... When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.

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  • Original title
    The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Sabah Haider, Iara Lee
  • Editing
    Emad Maher
  • Music
  • Sound
    Sam Kashefi, Emad Maher, Samir Nabil
  • Duration
    52 min
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Syria
    • Turkey
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    ARA, ENG
  • Subtitles
    ENG
  • Production
    Caipirinha Productions
    10006 New York City
    United States
    e-mail: info@culturesofresistance.org
  • Distribution
  • Awards

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