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) in association with Arte France and RAI Cinema.

(Official Selection – Out of Competition – Venice International Films Festival 2021)

with Guevara Namer, Rami Abou Jamra, Orwa Nyrabia

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, Italy
Arabic, German, English, Kurdish, 180 min, 2K DCP 5.1


Twelve years in the making, Republic of Silence bears witness to a tragedy on an epic scale, accompanied by an ever-expanding mosaic of fragile, deeply embedded moments from Diana El Jeiroudi’s life, beginning with the memory from the age of seven when her father gives her a camera, right up to the present day.
Sometimes the frame holds a definitive version of what is happening in the world around the filmmaker. And then it collapses. White letters emerge on a black screen to conjure her inner world in this cinematic memoir.

A formal and orderly life in Berlin competes with a life in Damascus that is perforated by dictatorship and dismantled by wars and international political corruption.  El Jeiroudi takes solace in cinema, music, the serenity of dreams, and the daily solidarity of a durable and abiding love story.