A Syrian film collective is producing short films to showcase the human side of war victims. The short films are now part of a gallery in New York. Any evidence or insight that the world has had about the civil wars in Syria has been through images and snippets of extreme violence and the fleeing of refugees to Europe. The Syrian film collective is attempting to show what lies on the inside. The group behind this effort, Abounaddara has been recognized and awarded for their work of more than 300 short documentaries that are an eye opener.
In English Abounaddara translates to “a man with glasses”. Each video is only 1 to 6 minutes long and tries to tell hidden stories of the war. The videos incorporate mystery to prick and prod at people conscience to raise their voices and concern for the victims of war. The stories are not biased by religion, labels or any kind of judgment, they are purely human stories that the media does not cover. The media has desensitized the view with an overload of violent images and people are left to think that it is the way of life in Syria. It would mean a lot more if it happened with one’s own kind.