Silent Death on a Syrian Journey

This short documentary exposes a booming illegal trade in the Middle East: organ trafficking. Producer/Director Mouhssine Ennaimi visits Lebanon where hundreds of thousands of desperately poor Syrians have taken refuge. With little money for food and shelter, Abu Ahmed and Abdallah have sold their kidneys to organ traffickers. One of them was given only a fraction of the sum promised and now faces health complications. The other one is recovering in a filthy room in a dirty slum hoping to be smuggled to Europe by the organ trafficker.

  • Mouhssine Ennaimi
    Director
  • Mouhssine Ennaimi
    Writer
  • Alexandra Pauliat
    Writer
  • Mouhssine Ennaimi
    Producer
  • Rami Aysha (Field Producer)
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Lebanon
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Emmy
    New York
    United States
    Emmy Nominee
  • International Investigative Documentary Award (DIG)
    Riccione
    Italy
    Winner: Best Investigative (Medium Format)
  • London International Movie Picture Awards (LIMPA)
    London
    United Kingdom
    Semi Final Selection (2019)
  • International War Correspondent Award
    Bayeux
    France
    Final Selection (2018)
Director Biography - Mouhssine Ennaimi

Mouhssine Ennaimi is a Director-Producer based in Istanbul. He is the co-founder and the Executive Producer of the documentary series Off The Grid. He started his career as a correspondent for French networks, working mainly out of South Asia and the Arab world. He lived in Colombo, Mumbai, Jerusalem and Doha. He was Field Producer and has spent more than a decade in hostile environments and war zones. Mouhssine is the author of ‘Slumboy’, a portrait of a Slumdog Millionaire type of hero living in Mumbai, and ‘The Strength to Say No’, a character-driven book about forced child-marriages in India.

Off the Grid is an Award-winning current affairs and documentary series covering global stories through personal journeys

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In feature films the director is God; In documentary films God is the director
A. Hitchcock