By Andreas DALSGAARD, Obaidah ZYTOON


Documentary - Completed 2016

& Awards

Bergen International Film Festival 2016
Human Right Award
Venice Film Festival 2016
Best Film (Venice Days)
DMZ International Documentary Festiavl 2017
International Competition
Bodil Awards 2017
Best Documentary
Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2017
Human Rights Dox
FOCAL International Awards 2017
Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production
Göteborg Film Festival 2017
Best Nordic Documentary
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival 2017
Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andreas DALSGAARD, Obaidah ZYTOON
    • Writer(s)
    • Andreas DALSGAARD, Obaidah ZYTOON
    • Producer(s)
    • Miriam NØRGAARD (Fridthjof Film), Alaa HASSAN, Ronnie FRIDTHJOF (Fridthjof Film), David B. SØRENSEN
    • Synopsis
    • “The War Show” is the story of the Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her friends, who in March 2011 join the street protests against the oppressive regime. The group lives among artists and activists and knowing the Arab Spring will forever change their country, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives as they participate in the demonstrations against President Assad. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future are tested by violence, imprisonment and death.
      Obaidah Zytoon leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the center of the rebellion in Homs, to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism.
      “The War Show” is a deeply personal road movie, that captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends, whose life and dreams are turned into nightmares, while the country collapses into chaos around them.