Republic of Silence (2021)
A Film by Diana El Jeiroudi
A Coproduction of No Nation Films GmbH and Les Films d’Ici, in Association with Proaction Film (Syria)
Producers: Orwa Nyrabia and Diana El Jeiroudi and Camille Laemle
Cinematography by Sebastian Baeumler, Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer
Editing: Katja Dringenberg and Diana El Jeiroudi
Sound Recording: Pascal Capitolin, Diana El Jeiroudi
Sound Editing: Raphael Girardot
Sound Mixing: Nathalie Vidal
Supported by: FFA, MBB, DFFF, BKM, Arte France, CNC, AFAC, DFI, Procirep.
Distributors: Salzgeber Editions (Germany)
Germany, France, Syria, Qatar
Arabic, German, English, Kurdish, 180 min, 2K DCP 5.1
She grew up in the lands of dictators and surveillance, where images are censored, photos are burned, thoughts are discreet, and mouths are kept shut. Forty years later, from her exile in Germany, Diana El Jeiroudi is a documentary filmmaker reclaiming the images and sounds of the Syrian land and its people, half of whom are scattered around the world. In this emotionally charged carefully crafted film, El Jeiroudi presents a first-person account of how she ended up in Berlin, how she grew up to internalise a world of silence and oppression, how she learned to negotiate her existence and well-being in the face of a mutating enemy, how she bore witness and became involved, how she revolted and claimed herself – and how cinema has saved her life.