MADNESS IN ALEPPO

MAJANEEN HALAB

By Lina SINJAB

SINJAB - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Eastern Aleppo is being bombed and besiege. A doctor and a cameraman decide to walk back into the city where they lived for long, and help the people who chose to remain. The madness of the war only made them more resilient. But at the end they were all forced to leave.

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SYRIA
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lina SINJAB
    • Producer(s)
    • Lina SINJAB
    • Synopsis
    • Targeting medical facilities have been a systematic tool of the war used by the government. AL Quds Hospital was the last operating one in Western Aleppo. Dr. Hamza Al Khatib and Photographer Abd AlKader Habak bonded their friendship there. Dr. Khatib among other medical staff had the daily duty of rescuing civilians targeted by barrel bombs or airstrikes. Habak followed him and followed the operation, that sometimes inside the hospital you feel the camera was just there but he was part of a rescue team. The film capture their life inside the hospital but also the lives of many who stayed in Aleppo. It tries to tell the story of the city that lived the war, and the people who survived it. It pauses the question of how human beings can endure such horrors, how they were resilient, what happened to them when they realized it is the end, they have to leave, and are they managing in their exiles?
      I see myself as exiled in Lebanon. I don’t belong here, but don’t belong to Damascus that’s controlled by Assad. I m neither here nor there. I feel uprooted. Are they feeling the same?