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

Direction
Year
2012
Country
  • Syria
  • Turkey
Duration
52min
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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.

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  • Original title
    The Suffering Grasses: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Grass That Suffers
  • Direction
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Sabah Haider, Iara Lee
  • Editing
    Emad Maher
  • Sound
    Sam Kashefi, Emad Maher, Samir Nabil
  • Duration
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Syria
    • Turkey
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
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    • 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, 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 7–12, CAMBODIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    • 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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