Syrian filmmaker uses his lens to shed light on untold stories of war

Source: Globaltimes.cn-CFP Published: 2016-10-19 12:09:37

Highlights: Humam Husari, a 30-year-old Syrian-born filmmaker, is hoping to harness the medium of film to attract the world’s attention to the real-life stories of the victims of the 2013 sarin gas attack. Husari’s film follows a rebel fighter who lost his wife and child in the chemical attack near Damascus, the capital of Syria. He has no time to bury his fallen family members, and is forced to take up arms to defend against an attack from government forces. “We need to know how people here were forced to join and become a part of the war,” said the young filmmaker. These pictures offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring these real-life stories to the big screen. Photos: CFP

  • Two children play on the back of a truck while a man takes a nap, during a break in filming in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • Crew members hold a white cloth over the actors as they film in front of a ruined building in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • Humam Husari (in pink) directs the actors while cameraman Sami al-Shami (in white) operates a camera during filming in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • A young man on set takes photographs of the crew in action in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • Humam Husari (center left) and cameraman Sami al-Shami (center right) discuss a shot during filming in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • Humam Husari (right) and cameraman Sami al-Shami (center) operate a camera as they film a scene in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria, on September 19.

  • The film crew grill kebabs after a day of filming near Damascus, Syria, on October 6.

  • The film crew gather together to celebrate successfully filming in Douma, a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, on October 6.






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