Insyriated – Talking about War

Is there an adequate narrative form when talking about life in a war and on the run? To what extent do the dramatic devices used to create tension and emotions in feature filmmaking, documentary filmmaking and journalistic reportage resemble each other? Is it ethically justifiable to entertain people with the fate of a traumatised civilian population? Or is it, on the contrary, sensible and necessary, as only dramatisation and emotions can rouse us into action? 

In a panel discussion, Philippe van Leeuw, the director of Insyriated, Ossama Mohammed, a Syrian filmmaker (Silvered Rain, Syria Self-Portrait 2014) and the journalist Noëmi Landolt, who wrote the Blog “Mission Mittelmeer” about her experiences on the refugee lifeboat Sea-Watch 2, will discuss how and why newspaper feuilletons and the cinema should report on crises, wars and terror. 

The panel about opportunities, limits and responsibilities will be moderated by Jean Perret, head of the «cinéma du reel» department at the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva.

Bilrausch will be offering a streaming link for Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait. The link can be accessed as from 10 June for 6 CHF.
The panel is presented by Bildrausch in collaboration with Balimage. The panel will be held in English.