Film of the Syrian Uprising

Last week’s full edition of 60 Minutes

“If there is one good thing I have ever done to you, it was getting you hooked to 60 Minutes.” That’s what my dad tells me every Sunday at 6 as I settle myself in front of T.V. As a busy teenager I often don’t make time to get updated on the current events of our day and thus my main source of information is listening to NPR in the car and watching 60 Minutes on Sunday.

This Sunday, the edition of 60 Minutes was fascinating, though-provoking, and emotionally disturing.

One of the stories showed me how to travel with film. This story focused on a movie being made of Abdul Baset Al-Sarout and the Syrian uprising. This charismatic soccer player became the leader of the rebel forces in the Syrian uprising at age 19. Talal Derki is the director of the film and followed Abdul Baset Al-Sarout capturing footage of the daily lives of these civilians and the struggles the rebels were facing to get supplies to end the regime of their oppressive government. The footage these men were able to get is the most vivid and up close footage ever taken of war. With the safety reducing daily, Tala Derki and his crew were forced to flee the country. For a while they tried to train Baset’s men via skype to take footage. That, however proved to be a complicated task.

The film crew needed more footage for the movie but had difficulty finding people to get videos. This is when Seema, a Kurtish woman contacted the director. Not only did she have a camcorder, but she also had the desire to capture the daily struggles of the rebels’ battles. Her videos have now been weaved into a new movie which will forever serve as eye witness evidence of life in Syria and the Middle East today.

Throughout the story the quick clips from the movie were played. The raw emotions captured in this footage transported me to Syria, putting me in the shoes of the mother who just lost her son, or the man whose house was just decimated by a bomb. These clips play on multiple senses to portray the accurate, unfiltered reality. Though it was difficult to watch, I think videos like these need to be seen by the government and public so action is taken to end the atrocities that are occurring in our world today.



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