DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Silent War

Silent War

Rape is a weapon of war and always has been – like in Syria today. From the very beginning of the civil war the Syrian army has systematically used it against women in its torture prisons and elsewhere, as a criminal instrument intended to shatter resistance and ultimately any functioning social community. Rape is such a taboo in traditional Syrian society that the women have no choice but to remain silent or be cast out of their families, sometimes even killed. NGOs estimate that thousands have suffered this fate, thousands were forced to cope with the trauma, pain and shame alone, thousands condemned to silence. Some of them have now found the courage to break their silence in front of Manon Loizeau’s camera. They recount how the bodies of Syrian women became a battle zone – and talk about the still unreported war crimes of the Assad regime.

Frederik Lang

Award winner of Filmprize "Leipziger Ring"

Original Title: Syrie: La guerre silencieuse
Country: France, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 72 min.
Format: HD Videofile (ProRes 422 HQ 1080p)
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Manon Loizeau
Producer: Marc Berdugo (Magneto Presse), Serge Khalfon (Magneto Presse), Elfriede Leca (Magneto Presse), Irène Chaland (Radio Télevision Suisse), Gaspard Lamunière ( Radio Télévision Suisse), Catherine Alvaresse (France 2)
Editor: Mathieu Goasguen, Alain Rimbert
Music: Naïssam Jalal, Khaled Aljaramani
Sound: Bruno Lagarde, Studio POM ZED
Script: Manon Loizeau, Annick Cojean

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