Cinema & Films
Film holds a special place in the Syrian revolution, as it may be the only art form that fomented a revolution within its own medium of expression, paving the way for a cinema of the Syrian revolution.
The use of mobile phones to record events marked the early stages of this art form. These videos, broadcasted on television stations and on the internet, provide the only true testimonies of what is happening on the ground.
Beyond their functionality, however, the use of mobile phones to record videos has created its own technical aesthetic called “Mobile Cinema.” Regardless of whether a director might voluntarily elect to film with cellular phone for aesthetic reasons, it is impossible for the camera operator to use any device other than a cellular phone.
This approach to film is distinguished by the extent of its “shaky camera effect,” which occurs when the camera operator cannot keep the camera under control or maintain a steady position. Also, “Mobile Cinema” often contains disjointed images, as the filmmakers rarely enjoy enough time to beautify the pictures.
These filmmaker-activists are not satisfied with just filming the events around them, but also race to areas of armed conflict, risking their lives to document the truth. Many of them have been arrested and tortured, and some even martyred.
Relatively recently, institutions have begun to support the filmmaker-activists, both technically and financially, thus enabling them to make documentary films based on previously recorded videos.