Slated to premiere in Park City, Utah on Jan. 22 in the Documentary Premieres section at Sundance, Cries from Syria reexamines and recontextualizes the European migrant crisis and ongoing hostilities in the war-torn country.
The Emmy and Oscar-nominated director’s film highlights the enduring civil war by utilizing hundreds of hours of footage from activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, revolution leaders, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens and high-ranking army generals who rose up and defected from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians have been killed in the conflict between opposing forces such as the Islamic State and other militant groups, with seven million internally displaced and more than five million fleeing the war torn country.
“Syria’s ‘lost generation’ needs to be heard, and this film provides them with a collective voice. The film takes the audience on a unique journey over five years, from Syria to Turkey, through Jordan, Lebanon and Europe,” Afineevsky said in a statement. “They will see the situation from the inside out, through the eyes of those trapped in-between – many of them children – and experience their suffering, bravery, struggle, survival and hope.”
Afineevsky serves as director and producer on the film alongside producers Den Tolmor, Aaron I. Butler and exec producers David Dinerstein, Daniel Dubiecki, Lara Alameddine, Tomas Srovnal, Chamsy Sarkis and Bohdan Batruch. The film was co-produced by Shahida Tulaganova, Sergei Zhuravsky and Jawad Sharbaji.
The deal was negotiated by HBO with the film’s exec producer David Dinerstein.
Cries from Syria will bow worldwide on TV on March 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The doc will also be made available across HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and affiliate portals.