Member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Nazir Hakim, met with two producers of the Syrian film "The Cave" before they travelled to the United States to compete for the 2020 Academy Award in the documentary films category along with the other Syrian film “For Sama."
The two films made it to the shortlist of the competition which includes five films. This is the first time that two Syrian films make it to the shortlist of films nominated for this category.
Hakim stressed the importance of films, especially documentaries, in exposing the crimes being committed by the Assad regime and its backers in Syria in international forums. He pointed out that this places the whole world in front of a moral challenge to assume its responsibilities and help the Syrian people to achieve their demands for freedom and justice.
He pointed out that the two Syrian films summarize what happened and is happening in Syria and more recently in Idlib, where more than six million Syrians have been living in dire conditions under fierce bombing for more than two months.
Mohamed Khair Al-Shami, one of the producers in of the film “The Cave,” said that one of the two Syrian films nominated to win the prize is a victory for the cause of the Syrian people in the face of the regime. He also said that making it to the shortlist contributes to conveying and documenting what happened in Syria to the Western audience, which is often not fully aware of the reality of what is happening on the ground.
Al-Shami explained that the shooting of the film "The Cave" lasted for more than three years with more than 500 hours of footage which were made into an hour and a half film.
He pointed out that the production team faced many difficulties, as one of the photographers, Ammar Suleiman, was injured and his leg was amputated in shelling that the team was subjected to whiling shooting the film.
Directed by Firas Fayyad, The Cave revolves around the pediatrician Amani Balour and her team and their suffering in managing a small hospital they dubbed "The Cave" as it was built underground to avoid the bombing. The film shows the suffering of the doctor and the team working within the hospital while treating thousands of injuries as well as their treatment of many critical cases using simple tools and despite the tightened blockade imposed on the region.
Amani has recently won the Raoul Wallenberg Prize presented by the Council of Europe in recognition of her exceptional humanitarian achievements.
The second film "For Sama", directed by Waad Al-Khatib, won the British Academy Film Awards BAFTA for the best documentary film in addition to many awards, including the Golden Eye award at the Cannes Film Festival. It also won the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Film Festival as well as a number of awards at the British Independent Film Awards festival.
The film revolves around the life of Waad, her husband and their little daughter and how they lived in the city of Aleppo and worked to help people and document what is going on despite the heavy bombardments by Russia and the Assad regime.
The awards will be announced in a big ceremony and in the presence of some of the most prominent directors and movies stars from around the world in Los Angeles, USA, next Sunday. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Vice President, Dima Moussa, started yesterday a series of meetings with permanent missions of several member states to the United Nations and some UN departments and agencies, where the discussions focused on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in northwestern Syria, mainly in Idlib and Aleppo Countryside, as a result of the ongoing military campaign by the Syrian regime in the area.
Moussa highlighted the massive displacement of civilians in the area, which has exceeded 500,000 people over the last two months, and the shortage of humanitarian assistance necessary to address the dire conditions, including lack of basic needs like shelter and medical care, especially that this comes in the middle of the winter season.
This, she noted, will require immediate measures to address the humanitarian crisis, by providing humanitarian assistance to meet basic and urgent needs.
Additionally, serious steps are necessary to ensure ending the displacement movement, as larger numbers of people get pushed into a smaller geographical area, which is bound to eventually push this human mass beyond the Syrian borders, she added.
Beyond short-term and emergency measures, Moussa emphasized the dangers of the continued hostilities in the northwest and other parts of Syria on the political process and the risks a continuously deteriorating humanitarian situation would pose on reaching a comprehensive political solution through full implementation of UNSC resolution 2254, which would put an end to the conflict and lay the foundations for political transition.
She noted that no political solution or process can be truly credible or implementable as long as Syrians are getting killed and displaced due to military operations, and that the international community, represented by the UN, is required to assume its responsibilities in working to ensure peace and security in the world. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, Abdulahad Astepho, met with Belgian Special Envoy for Syria, Ambassador Marc Otte, and the EU Syria Team at the EU headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The meeting came as part of the international campaign being launched by the Coalition which sent several delegations to European capitals and the United Nations with the aim of putting pressure on the international community to bring an end to the Russia and Assad regime’s onslaught on Idlib and rural Aleppo.
The meeting focused on the need to take urgent action to address the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Idlib; provide humanitarian support to the IDP; and adopt a resolution to establish a ceasefire and protect civilians.
Astepho reaffirmed the role of Belgium and the European Union countries at the UN Security Council as he urged the drafting of a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to the Russian- Iranian assault on Idlib and rural Aleppo, the implementation of international resolutions on Syria, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and Resolution 2254, and the imposition of sanctions on violators and those who disrupt the political process under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As part of the work of the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee, Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, met Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Labor Mehmet Selim Bağlı in the capital Ankara and discussed with him ways to facilitate the issuance of residency and work permits to Syrian nationals in Turkey.
The two sides discussed the situation of the Syrian nationals in Turkey and the problems they are facing during the process of renewing and obtaining work and residency permits.
Abdul Latif stressed the importance of investing in the Syrian youth holding university degrees as well as those with professions and expertise in the Turkish market.
He also said that the Syrian nationals have been actively involved in the Turkish market as they now own a large number of businesses. He called for Syrian businessmen to be given preference with regard to the issuance of licenses and legal documents that facilitate their work. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)