Republic Of Silence
Diana El Jeiroudi
Diana El Jeiroudi
Germany, France, Syria, Qatar, Italy 2021. 183 Min.
Color. Arabic, English, German, Kurdish/ DE
In presence of the director
The filmmaker’s voice as silent, white writing on a black screen. Words that form images and emotions in us. In addition, there’s the film material collected over 12 years. Friends and family of the filmmaker are confronted with the brutal consequences of the war under Assad in Syria. Life in exile in Berlin is seamlessly related to a fulfilled life in Damascus. In memories, there is no separation between these periods. Everything is always there. Fragments that are in conversation with each other or searching for it. The physical body writhes in restless dreams. What’s more, there are always questions to us, the spectators: Where does the black-and-white thinking come from that covers our inactivity? Where does this solidarity fatigue with Syria come from?
Republic of Silence follows non-linear traces of memories that do not seek conclusions. We follow anchor points and inklings of how filmmaker Diana El Jeiroudi copes with the loss of loved ones, her apartment, and her country. The film can be understood as an invitation to an experience in which we follow the stream of these memories and end up in the Berlin apartment again and again. A place that gives the filmmaker and her husband external peace. Their vulnerability is never hidden, never imposes itself. This love story gives support, as does the bond with friends and other filmmakers.
|Director||Diana El Jeiroudi|
|Screenplay||Diana El Jeiroudi|
|Cinematography||Sebastian Baeumler, Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer|
|Editing||Katja Dringenberg, Diana El Jeiroudi|
|Sound Design||Raphael Girardot, Nathalie Vidal|
|Sound||Pascal Capitolin, Diana El Jeiroudi|
|Production Company||Orwa Nyrabia (No Nation Films GmbH), Camille Laemle (Les Films d'Ici), Diana El Jeiroudi (No Nation Films GmbH)|
|World Sales||Salzgeber, Jürgen Pohl|