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The Arab Series #4: The Wind

The Teir el Akhdar collective tells us Syria and the war through loss, displacement, and forced migration.

0 – 5 | 2015 | Drama | Stop Motion | Syria | War | 2015

The Wind is the stop-motion animated short directed by Teir el Akhdar collective, comprised of Lina Ghaibeh, May Ghaibeh, Sawsan Nourallah, and Ibrahim Ramadan. With no budget and very little equipment, but with a strong will to tell the world what is really going through Syria, the four (three of them are currently living in Lebanon – two refugees – while the fourth has applied for asylum in France) have used the technique “stop motion” and retrieved the real sounds of the war of the videos online, to launch a message that affects the heart.

Like War on Canvas, The Wind follows the lives of abandoned people who have lived conflict and war,  through the confusion of loss, displacement, incarceration and forced migration. A cruel wind opens the doors of a nation, and hits its unsuspecting people dispersing them over the land. A mother searches for her lost family in empty rooms and across borders, a refugee now she reaches the sea with no sign of her lost kin. Left with no place to go and no support she sits in the open air and lets the winter cold engulf her.

Living from a suitcase, the plight of the refugees unfolds under the keffiyeh (head scarf), their lives reduced to reports on the news. Fleeing for their lives, the refugees are transported in trucks, ending as metal graves when the barrel bombs hit. The conflict forces people to move from one part of the country to another, in search of safety and normalcy, only to face more violence and death. With nothing left to lose, they choose the terrifying sea journey and, cheated by the traffickers, drown in its depths.

The remaining few face torture and incarceration. They are moved from cells across the nation to dark prisons forever lost to the world. They are the missing. Abandoned by the world, the doors have closed, the keys are lost and an entire people are no longer.

Syrian victims and refugees are humans, not numbers.

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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