In Syria

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
Film Movement
86 Minutes
Belgium, France, Lebanon
War and Peace, Middle Eastern Studies, Islamic Studies
Not Rated
DVD $29.95
PPR $200.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00
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Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death.

"Writer-director Philippe Van Leeuw masterfully conjures an atmosphere of imminent, dangerous possibilities, where ordinary tasks such as preparing food take on a dark urgency, water is scarce, and knocks on the front door create moments of suspense and dread... Recommended." - Video Librarian


  • Hiam Abbass
  • Diamand Abou Abboud
  • Juliette Navis
  • Mohsen Abbas
DVD Features

Bonus short: Le Pain, directed by Hiam Abbass

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Gripping from start to finish.... A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege."
    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "A concisely-told story that couldn't be more timely... a superbly coordinated cast, largely composed of Syrian refugees - children and young adults included - gel magnificently. Hiam Abbass offers one of her most powerful performances to date...."
    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "**** For a film that exists inside such a small setting, 'In Syria" is a big film.... It's remarkably powerful and a strong piece of work from director/writer Philippe Van Leeuw."
    Charliedavid Page, Switch (Australia)


Awards & Recognition

Panorama Audience Award
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Label Europa Cinemas Award
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Toronto Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival

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