5 Seasons of Revolution (2023)
A Film by LINA
World Premier @ SUNDANCE WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION 2023.
Germany, Norway, The Nerherlands, Syria, Qatar
95 min, 2K DCP, 5.1, English & Arabic
An aspiring video journalist in her twenties who finds herself already facing self-reckoning. Born in Damascus, Syria, Lina starts to report on the events around her until she is compelled to become a war reporter and, later, the unexpected narrator of her own destiny.
A Coproduction of No Nation Films, Piraya Film, Docmakers
Producers: Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Torstein Grude, Ilja Roomans, Lina
Executive Producer: Laura Poitras
North American Sales: Anonymous Content – AC Independent
US press: Ryan Werner – Cinetic Media Marketing & PR
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Doha Film Institute, IDFA Bertha Fund, Mediefondet Zefyr, The Netherlands Film Fund, SANAD, International Media Support, InMaat Foundation, Filmkraft Rogaland, Fritt Ord, Bergesenstiftelsen, Heinrich Boell Foundation / Gunda Werner Institut.
WiP Presented at:
Visions du Reel – VdR Work in Progress | 2022
Winner of the Lightdox Award for the project with the highest international potential
Venice Film Festival – Venice Gap Financing Market | 2022
Lina’s plan was simple. She wanted to become a camerawoman. She liked filming details of life and people around her, mainly during a bright sunny day in Damascus. But with the uprising in Syria, Lina was slowly absorbed into documenting the impact on people’s lives. It didn’t take long before events escalated, and arrests, torture, and potentially life-threatening situations became a reality for Lina to negotiate on a daily basis. She had to adapt. She invented personas and aliases. They each helped her navigate life under a new norm. What was a simple plan, turned into a complex web of identities, which seemed then a small price in exchange for her liberty to continue to hold the camera.