DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Greetings from Aleppo

Greetings from Aleppo

The Syrian photographer Issa Touma travels from Europe to his native city of Aleppo, visiting his family, old friends and students who still live there. It’s a film about the daily life and art of survival in the face of war and destruction, about the tragedy and absurdity of life in an extreme situation. Above all, it brings home with horrifying clarity how little the news images correspond to the real life and goings-on in Aleppo.

Frederik Lang


Original Title: Greetings from Aleppo
Country: Syria, Netherlands
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 17 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Producer: Jos de Putter, Bas Vroege
Cinematographer: Issa Touma
Editor: Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege
Sound: Tom Jansen
Music: Darius Timmer

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