5 Seasons of Revolution (2022)

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


A Film by LINA
A Coproduction of No Nation Films, Piraya Film, Docmakers
Producers: Diana El Jeiroudi, Torstein Grude, Ilja Roomans
Supported by: AFAC, IBF, DFI, Sanad, IMS, HBS… a.o.
Germany, Norway, The Nerherlands, Syria, Qatar
100 min, 2K DCP 5.1


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.