RKS FILM: “The Story Won’t Die”: The Maturing of the Syrian Artistic Refugee Community

Since 2011 over a half a million people have been killed in the Syrian conflict and 6 million out of 13 million Syrians  have become refugees. Assad the Syrian tyrant teamed up with the Butcher of Bucha before he was slaughtering Ukrainians so he could learn how to slaughter Syrians with chorine gas and cluster bombs with hospitals a favourite target. Butcher in training.

This documentary focuses on many of the younger members of the artistic community who fled Syria after being targeted for repression or fearing imminent repression by the Assad regime or the friendship of Mother Russia’s bombing.

These are bright and talented dancers, visual artists and musicians who headed to Europe many through hazardous trips to the Greek islands of Samos and Lesvos. Initially they display an anger and sadness about the destruction of Syria but eventually the realization of some is that whatever they have done in protest has accomplished little as tyrant Assad remains in power. There appears to be a shift in this community based in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam that their continuing stress is becoming self destructive so there is a focus to find joy in their new lives.

Have they abandoned Syria? Not really as many have families trapped there so the link to Syria is there but like most immigrants ties to the homeland slowly weaken over the years as they integrate into their new world. An effort from David Henry Gerson. It will be released in Los Angeles on June 10th and in New York on June 17th. VOD platforms will have the film ready for distribution on June 21. You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdfdS_Z-lLg

RKS Film Rating 80/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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