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

DIR: Iara Lee
2012 / Syria, Turkey / 52 min

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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.

About

Director Iara Lee
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography 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
Tags
Production Caipirinha Productions
Caipirinha Productions
City:  10006 New York City
Country:  United States
Web:  culturesofresistancefilms.com/caipirinha
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Distribution
Festivals

April 5, 2016, DITSHWANELO ...

April 5, 2016, DITSHWANELO HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Gaborone, Botswana


February 18-20, 2016, CULTURAL DIPLOMACY'S FILMS FOR PEACE, Berlin, Germany


February 12, 2016, MEANINGFUL MOVIES PROJECT, Woodinville, Washington, United States


February 4, 2016, CINEMA POLITICA, London, Ontario, Canada


January 27, 2016, PELOPONNISOS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL, Kalamata, Greece


June 20, 2014, UNHCR REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL , Hong Kong, China


May 7 and 8, 2014, PATRIMOINE FILM FESTIVAL , Tunis, Tunisia


May 2, 2014, FIRST FRIDAY FILM FESTIVAL, Austin, Texas


March 19, 2014, SGUARDI ALTROVE FILM FESTIVAL , Milan, Italy


February 26, 2014, WE THE PEOPLE FILM FESTIVAL, London, UK


January 20 and 23, 2014, SOFIA MENAR FILM FESTIVAL, Sofia, Bulgaria


December 11, 2013, MANYA HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Kampala, Uganda


December 7–12, CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Phnom Penh, Cambodia


December 7, 2013, NAPLES HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Naples, Italy


November 16, 2013, REEL AWARENESS FILM FESTIVAL, Toronto, ON, Canada


November 8, 2013, STEPS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Kharkov, Ukraine


October 22, 2013, DMZ KOREAN INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Bucheon-Si, South Korea


October 20, 2013, UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL, Palo Alto, CA


October 10, 2013, CINE MIGRANTE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Buenos Aires, Argentina


October 7-13, 2013, FISAHARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Dakhla camp, Western Sahara


October 9, 2013, MUMBAI WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Mumbai, India


September 20, 2013, AUROVILLE FILM FESTIVAL, Auroville, India


September 6, 2013, INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR PEACE, INSPIRATION, AND EQUALITY, Jakarta, Indonesia


August 24 and 29, 2013, INTERNATONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN, Harare, Zimbabwe


July 26, 2013, FESTIVAL DE CINE E DERECHOS HUMANOS, Sucre, Bolivia


April 10, 2013, ROME INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, Rome, Italy


April 6, 2013, GARDEN STATE FILM FESTIVAL, Asbury Park, NY


April 5, 2013, MEANINGFUL MOVIES, Seattle, WA


April 4 & 5, 2013, CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Cleveland, OH


March 22, 2013, MOVIES THAT MATTER FESTIVAL, The Hague, the Netherlands


March 17, 2013, TWIN CITIES ARAB FILM FESTIVAL, Minneapolis, MN


March 10, 2013, PEACE ON EARTH FILM FESTIVAL, Chicago, IL


March 2, 2013, BELLINGHAM HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Bellingham, WA


February 16-19, 2013, KARBI YOUTH FESTIVAL, Taralangso, Karbi Anglong Assam, India


February 14, 15, and 16, 2013, BELOIT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Beloit, WI


February 14, 2013, BEAUFORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Beaufort, SC


February 9, 2013, NEW JERSEY FILM FESTIVAL, New Brunswick, NJ


January 31, 2013, JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Jaipur, India


January 13, 2013, GUWAHATI URBAN WINTER FESTIVAL 2013, Guwahati City, India


December 4, 6, & 8, 2012, MIDDLE EASTERN FILM FESTIVAL, Sao Paulo, Brazil


December 1, 2012, LENS POLITICA FILM AND MEDIA ART FESTIVAL, Helsinki, Finland


December 1, 2012, ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Los Angeles, CA


November 18 - 21, 2012, INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands


November 18, 2012, MESA FILM FESTIVAL, Denver, CO


November 18, 2012, PAPUA NEW GUINEA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2012, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


November 7, 2012, EKO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Lagos, Nigeria


November 5, 2012, MOVE IT! FILM FESTIVAL, Dresden, Germany


October 26-November 1, 2012, SAO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Sao Paulo, Brazil


October 24, 2012, KENYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Nairobi, Kenya


October 24, 2012, DOCLISBOA FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Lisboa, Portugal


October 18, 2012, HUMAN RIGHTS NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Bologna, Italy


October 18, 2012, SAO PAULO FILM FESTIVAL, Sao Paulo, Brazil


October 16, 2012, HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, Hot Springs, Arkansas


October 14, 2012, ARAB FILM FESTIVAL, San Francisco, California


October 4, 2012, BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Iraq, Baghdad


October 2, 2012, RIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Rio de Janiero, Brazil


October 2012, ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL, Alexandria, Egypt


September 8-22, 2012, TRI CONTINENTS HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Johannesburg, Soweto, Cape Town, Tshwane, South Africa


August 26-30, 2012, DURRES INTERNATIONAL FILM SUMMERFEST, Durres, Albania


August 9, 2012, MAKE A POINT, Bucharest, Romania

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- 22.11.2016 -

Cosmopolitan DOK Leipzig

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Each edition of this festival is great; and even if it may seem impossible, even better than the past one.

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- 7.11.2016 -

20th Jihlava IDFF is worth visiting

20th Jihlava IDFF is worth visiting

From October 25 to 30, the 20th edition of the largest celebration of documentary film in Central and Eastern Europe is held in Jihlava, Czech Republic. Until November 6, the festival continues online at DAFilms.com.

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