Greetings From Aleppo

A film by: Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen and Thomas Vroege

Greetings From Aleppo reveals how little the news about Syria corresponds with the experiences of everyday life. Photographer Issa Touma keeps away from bold declarations; he films life, the inconsistencies and perseverance as they reveal themselves in front of his camera. War is tragic and absurd. Surviving is often highly surreal and touching in this warn-torn city.

Country: the Netherlands, Syria
Genre: documentary
Length: 17’11”
Completion: 01/2017
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Festivals::

  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (25 January – 5 February, 2017)
    As Short As It Takes
  • Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania (23 March – 6 April, 2017)
    Official Short Selection
  • Movies That Matter, the Netherlands (24 March – 1 April, 2017)
    Out of competition: Go Short x Movies That Matter
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Out of competition: Go Short x Movies That Matter
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (19 – 23 April, 2017)
    International Competition
  • DOCUMENTAMADRID, Spain (4 – 14 May, 2017)
    International Competition
  • DocuTIFF – Tirana International Documentary Film Festival, Albania (10 – 17 May, 2017)
    Short Documentary Competition
  • NexT International Film Festival, Romania (22 – 26 June, 2017)
    Out of competition: political program
  • DIG Festival, Italy (23 – 25 June, 2017)
    Reportage Medium Competition Won: DIG Award for Best Reportage Medium
  • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (8 – 16 July, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Malta (27 – 30 July, 2017)
    Official Competition
  • Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany (10 – 14 August, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (23 – 26 August, 2017)
    Official Competition
  • Quebec City Film Festival, Canada (13 – 23 September, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, United Kingdom (19 – 24 September, 2017)
    International Competition
  • Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (20 – 29 September, 2017)
    Gouden Kalf Competition
  • DTLA Film Festival, United States (21 – 30 September, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Heart of Gold International Film Festival, Australia (5 – 8 October, 2017)
    Official Selection
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy (6 – 15 October, 2017)
    International competition

Director: Issa Touma, Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege
Story: Floor van der Meulen & Thomas Vroege
Producer: Jos De Putter, Bas Vroege
Cinematographer: Issa Touma
Narration: Issa Touma
Editors: Thomas Vroege & Floor van der Meulen
Sound Design: Tom Jansen
Composer: Darius Timmer
Produced by: Deepfocus Webdocs & Paradox
Production assistance: Veronica Daltri
Translations: Susan Osman, Herman Te Loo