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::

  1. International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (25 January – 5 February, 2017)
    As Short As It Takes
  2. Vilnius International Film Festival, Lithuania (23 March – 6 April, 2017)
    Official Short Selection
  3. Movies That Matter, the Netherlands (24 March – 1 April, 2017)
    Out of competition: Go Short x Movies That Matter
  4. Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (5 – 9 April, 2017)
    Out of competition: Go Short x Movies That Matter
  5. Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine (19 – 23 April, 2017)
    International Competition
  6. DOCUMENTAMADRID, Spain (4 – 14 May, 2017)
    International Competition
  7. DocuTIFF – Tirana International Documentary Film Festival, Albania (10 – 17 May, 2017)
    Short Documentary Competition
  8. NexT International Film Festival, Romania (22 – 26 June, 2017)
    Out of competition: political program
  9. DIG Festival, Italy (23 – 25 June, 2017)
    Reportage Medium Competition Won: DIG Award for Best Reportage Medium
  10. Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal (8 – 16 July, 2017)
    International Competition
  11. Kinemastik International Short Film Festival, Malta (27 – 30 July, 2017)
    Official Competition
  12. Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany (10 – 14 August, 2017)
    Official Selection
  13. Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (23 – 26 August, 2017)
    Official Competition
  14. Quebec City Film Festival, Canada (13 – 23 September, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition
  15. Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, United Kingdom (19 – 24 September, 2017)
    International Competition
  16. Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (20 – 29 September, 2017)
    Gouden Kalf Competition
  17. DTLA Film Festival, United States (21 – 30 September, 2017)
    Official Selection
  18. Heart of Gold International Film Festival, Australia (5 – 8 October, 2017)
    Official Selection
  19. Sedicicorto International Film Festival, Italy (6 – 15 October, 2017)
    International competition
  20. Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival, Egypt (7 – 12 October, 2017)
    Short Film Competition
  21. IndieCork Festival, Ireland (8 – 15 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  22. Film Fest Gent, Belgium (10 – 20 October, 2017)
    Official Selection
  23. International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Cyprus (14 – 21 October, 2017)
    International Competition
  24. DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (30 October – 5 November, 2017)
    International Programme
  25. Panorama Internacional Coisa de Cinema, Brazil (8 – 15 November, 2017)
    International Competition
  26. Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany (15 – 19 November, 2017)
    Official Selection
  27. International Bosphorus Film Festival, Turkey (17 – 26 November, 2017)
    International Short Documentary Film Competition
  28. China International New Media Short Film Festival, China (25 November – 2 December, 2017)
    International Competition
  29. Festival Tous Courts, France (27 November – 2 December, 2017)
    International Short Film Competition
  30. Verín International Short Film Festival, Spain (1 – 10 December, 2017)
    Offical Competition
  31. REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada (14 – 18 March, 2018)
    Official Competition
  32. Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (14 – 18 March, 2018)
    International Competition
  33. Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany (14 – 21 March, 2018)
    International Competition
  34. Mecal Pro, International Short Film and Animation Festival, Spain (15 March – 2 April 2018)
    International Competition
  35. Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland (16 – 24 March, 2018)
    International Short Film Competition
  36. Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove, Spain (22 – 29 June, 2018)
    Short Film Competition
  37. Arab Cinema Festival, France (28 June – 8 July, 2018)
    Official Selection
  38. WARM Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (27 – 30 June, 2018)
  39. Festival International du Film des Droits de l’Homme de Guadeloupe, France (12 – 19 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  40. dokumentART, European Film Festival, Germany (17 – 21 October, 2018)
    European Competition
  41. Kurzfilmfestival Kufstein, Germany (21 – 22 November, 2018)
    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