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Syria on the Run

Throughout almost six years of war, one third of the Syrian population have abandoned their homes fleeing from the violence that has caused around 470 thousand deaths. More than 6.5 million people have been internally displaced or have fled to other countries. Many of those who stayed back armed themselves. "Syria on the run" sheds light on the lives of victims and witnesses of this tragedy. Gabriel Chaim went to Kobani and spoke with the father of Alan Kurdi, the young boy washed up on a Turkish beach who became a symbol of the refugee crisis. He also documented the destruction in Aleppo, Syria's second most important city. Chaim shows the historic center turned into a battlefront and chases after stories of rebels who fight against Assad's regime and ISIL. He also speaks to heroes such as Dr. Mustafa Buchnaq, who tends to wounded soldiers. He was a victim of shelling by the regime while the documentary was being edited and passed away on November 14, 2015. Lastly, Chaim registers the suffering of children during the war. In a school that holds classes underground to protect students from air raids, a little boy says: "war is bombing young children."
"Syria on the run" was a World Gold Medal winner in the New York Festivals for Best Documentary and was nominated for the 2016 International Emmy Awards in the Current Affairs category.

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  • Joy Ernanny
  • Daniela Dantas
    Video Editor
  • Pedro Guedes
  • Gabriel Chaim
    Camera and Interviews
    Kobani Lives On - The city that defeated ISIS
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Síria em Fuga
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    war, current affairs
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 12, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Syrian Arab Republic
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Portuguese
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • New York Festivals
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Gold Medal Documentary
    New York
    Current Affairs Category
Distribution Information
  • GloboNews
    Country: Brazil
    Rights: Paid TV
Director Biography

Gabriel Chaim is a photographer and filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil, specialized in conflict areas. He has witnessed some of the most important conflicts in the last 6 years - such as the Syrian war, the military coup in Egypt, and the ongoing conflict in Iraq. When he is not in the battle front, he carries out humanitarian work in partnership with important international NGOs, for the benefit of refugees. This is one of four documentaries done in partnership with GloboNews. "Kobani Lives On - the city that defeated ISIS", won a Silver Medal at the 2016 New York Festivals for Best TV & Film. "Syria on the run" was nominated for the 2016 International Emmy Awards and won a Gold Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals for Best TV & Film. "Trenches in the Desert" won a Silver Medal at the 2018 New York Festivals for Best TV & Film.

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