THE WAR SHOW is the story of the Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her friends, who in March 2011 join the street protests against the oppressive regime. The group lives among artists and activists and knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives as they participate in the demonstrations against President Assad. But as the regime's violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment and death.
Obaidah Zytoon leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the center of the rebellion in Homs, to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism.
THE WAR SHOW is a deeply personal road movie, that captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends, whose life and dreams are turned into nightmares, while the country collapses into chaos around them.
Country: Denmark, Syrian Arab Republic, Finland
Duration: 100 min.
Directed by: Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Written by: Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard
Produced by: Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan
Director of Photography: Obaidah Zytoon, Dana Bakdounes, Amr Kheto, Hisham Kheto, Wasim Anonymous, Tahani Burhan, Lars Skree
Obaidah Zytoon was born in Zabadani, Syria in 1976. She studied English literature at the University of Damascus before becoming a radio host and producer, working both in Syria and internationally. In 2008, Obaidah produced her first documentary film, THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES. Following the 2011 Syrian uprising, Obaidah co-founded the Syrian artist-activist collective Waw Al-Wasel, which produces multi-media art and short films related to the Syrian conflict.
Andreas Dalgsaard was born in 1980 and grew up in northern Denmark. Dalsgaard has directed documentaries for over a decade. Educated in anthropology at Aarhus University and Paris VII, and film directing at The Danish National Film School, his award-winning films have been shown at +200 festivals worldwide. He writes and directs fiction for both film and theater, and has given conferences and masterclasses worldwide.