Syria Solidarity Screenings: DOX BOX GLOBAL DAY

Screening March 15, 2012 7:00 PM

***Additonal Film Screening Announced***

Tournesols – Al-Rastan

With a Syrian lens, and in one of the few films released in Syria during the revolution, we visit Al-Rastan; a town in the city of Homs that witnessed military clashes before other cities, and which after the huge brave uprising of its people by the beginning of the Syrian spring, Al-Rastan has been and still is facing a brutal war, against its civilians day & night.

The martyr’s funeral is not only songs and cheering for freedom; there are faces hiding behind the crowds; eyes filled with tears and agony, crying the last good-bye to the son or brother.

The storyteller is anonymous, so is the filmmaker, while the dissident soldier; reveals his identity and speaks with his face uncovered, after seeing death and seeing himself a criminal against his family, and deciding to disobey his commander’s orders.

Directed by: Anonymous

Duration: 25′ 

Year: 2012

Please see other films screening below


DOX BOX Global day is an initiative to keep alive an annual film festival in Syria during a year when it is unable to take place in the country.

The first non-profit and open-to-public creative documentary film festival in Syria, DOX BOX started as an initiative of independent filmmakers, back in 2007. It runs annually in Damascus, Tartous and Homs during the first two weeks of March and tours in other Arab cities as part of a Pan-Arab Cultural Network.

The main mission of DOX BOX is to bring together the Arab and international filmmaking community and showcase some of the world’s best creative documentaries in a friendly and dynamic environment. 

As DOX BOX is unable to complete this mission due to the events taking place in Syria, DOX BOX Global day is an initiative to keep the festival alive by hosting a screening night. Taking place on 15 March, it marks not only what would be the closing night of the fifth DOX BOX but also the one-year anniversary of the uprising in Syria. 
The Frontline Club, in association with Reel Festivals, will be holding a screening night showcasing two works from the late Syrian Filmmaker Omar Amiralay who is considered one of the most prominent Arab World documentary filmmakers.
Born in Damascus in 1944, Amiralay began to make documentary films in 1968 when the student revolts in Paris erupted. He returned to Damascus to instigate a new documentary cinema in 1970 and between then and 2003 he made some eighteen documentaries all of which were shown and awarded in International Film Festivals. 


Film Essay on the Euphrates Dam 
Year: 1970
Duration: 12′
A Flood in Baath Country
The documentary explores the implications of Baath Party policies in Syria. Without commentary or criticism, Amiralay’s film exposes Baath party propaganda. 
Year: 2003
Duration: 48′
In collaboration with DOX BOX Documentary Film Festival in Syria and in association with: