A haunting poem that is ugly and harrowing and confronts my complacency which says "this will never to happen to me in my country". The images mixed with the music and narration are distressing and stunning. The experience of the film is alien to me as I cannot - perhaps will not - imagine this as anything other than remote to me.
The cinema come to exist in any forms. The film expressed itself within its own existance (war). The first hand video shots, torture clips, sound and image are nothing but the reminiscence of war. This film is not a propaganda, it is a window for others to see what is really happening inside.
It was really hard for me to watch some scenes at times. Still unbelievable how this brutality can happen in this century. In the south border of my country... So close, so unbelievable, so sad yet true. Although I see everyday the people who had to leave their country in my hometown, it still seems so hard to believe.
"Cinema of realism ... of the marvelous ... of the murderer ... of the victim ... of the poetic. Fantasy. People and fish we want to topple the butcher. Do you think that words still have meaning? I wanted to be in danger so that I'd become one of my people." Neither sensational nor disrespectful, these images make the savagery of war impossible to repudiate, unlike migrants/refugees thwarted by borders and treaties.
A distressing, and at times very graphic, look at citizens living through the war in Syria, this documentary uses footage filmed by those living in the devastated city of Homs. Not one I will likely revisit, and not one to stick on for an easy watch, but certainly worth at least one viewing.
This film will never reach the audience that it needs to reach, and certainly not with the weight that it needs to reach them. Don't get me wrong, it is an immensely powerful film, but at the same time I wonder if it has really made a difference, or changed anyone's (including my own) mind. I hope so.
"Take 1. Take 2. Take 3. Take 4. Take.... my heart." A gut wrenching and incredibly (necessarily) disturbing film comprising mobile phone combined with voiceover, music and recurring sound effects and motifs, grouped together in semi-related sections via the use of intertitles. It's not a traditional documentary by design. It's not like anything I've seen before.
This appropriately gut-wrenching look at the effects of the Syrian Civil war is an intense look at the lives of the poor souls afflicted by the war. It offers a unique structure, but still manages to convey the emotion that a traditional narrative for a documentary would hope to achieve. For an unusual look at the real horrors of war, this documentary can provide a moving but not heavily informational experience.
These are civil war images with a guilt laden voice over. Problem is, they are out of context, you are never quite sure who is shooting. You are never quite sure who the people are either. And there has been a lot of discussable footage on all sides of the conflict. The form relies on narrative assumptions, discussable for many reasons in documentary setup.
(1.5 stars) FOR ME. Others might enjoy this quite a bit and I can certainly understand the "importance" of showing the inhumanity to man taking place in Syria. However, I have an extreme distaste for showing such real-life graphic violence and torture. It seems quite exploitative and somewhat disrespectful to show the actual footage of these deaths. You can "honor" their lives without committing their deaths to film.
Misery of the war and agony of the people who stucked in this never ending nightmare are shown in a effecting way. When it comes to war, maybe it's better to see it with low qualifed footages rather than seeing it with a high budget Hollywood type of war movie. It's more realistic.