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), RAI Cinema (Italy)
Germany, France, Syria, Qatar
Arabic, German, English, Kurdish, 180 min, 2K DCP 5.1

 SYNOPSIS

They grew up in the lands of dictators and surveillance, where images are censored, photos are burned, thoughts are discreet, and mouths are kept shut. During the years, they made films, documented life,  their lives, at least what was possible. They recorded sounds at night and in secret, for the senses to complete the image.  From what are seemingly scattered images and narratives, a coherent emotive sensibility emerges unpacking a singular perspective of history and an attempt to speak what has been unspoken and silenced.

A first person narrative which pendulates between a perspective that is timelessly personal and intimate, and another which is, on the contrary, very vast, contemporary and political.  It traces the journeys of a filmmaker and her partner, friends and their families, once as revolutionaries in their country, once as exiles in Europe nowadays, once as activists, as filmmakers, as lovers, and as listeners.

A contemplative journey from silence into words, from blindness into seeing,  and of how cinema made it possible and saved their lives.