By Alaa AMER, Alisar HASAN


Documentary - Completed 2023

Amani Al-Ali, a rare female cartoonist in Syria, uses her art to empower young women and confront patriarchal power structures. But as she struggles with her own exhaustion and trauma, she also considers leaving her city, and her loved ones behind.

    • Year of production
    • 2023
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 64 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alaa AMER, Alisar HASAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Hanne PHLYPO (Clin d'oeil films)
    • Synopsis
    • Amani Al-Ali, the first female cartoonist in Idlib, Syria, draws the life of her town, a bastion of jihadist groups attempting to overthrow President Assad. Armed with her pen, she is struggling against Islamist authority and traditional patriarchy. But for how much longer will she have the strength to keep fighting, among the ruins of her town? Behind the Lines is part of the Draw for Change project, a television series about female cartoonists who are using their drawings to empower women and fight for gender equality.