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Andreas Dalsgaard – The War Show #Venezia73

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Syria and the evolution of a revolution – seen from the inside.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Andreas Dalsgaard co-director of The War Show from the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

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Andreas Dalsgaard is the co-director of The War Show, screening in the Venice Days section of the 73rd Venice Film Festival. A documentary that talks about a group of friends from Damascus, headed and filmed by a woman who used to be a DJ and quits her job to join the revolution. Through her footage, we witness the evolution of Syria overtime.

The vast amount of footage meant that there were plenty of ways to use them effectively, and the collaboration between the two directors of the film led to the final process. The film is as shocking as it is effective in revealing the men and women that it follows as being quite similar to their so called “Western counterparts,” a label that, nevertheless, Dalsgaard seems to not be comfortable with overall – as much as his understanding of the label of “Western world” in general.

In this interview we discuss the reasons for Obaidah Zytoon to start filming, and the people around her as well.

THE WAR SHOW. In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and friends join the street protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future will be tested by violence, imprisonment and death. A deeply personal road movie, The War Show captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Andreas Dalsgaard
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    The War Show
  • Festival section
    Venice Days
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