TALAL DERKI, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED DIRECTOR OF
'OF FATHERS AND SONS'
THE STORY WON’T DIE, from Award-winning filmmaker David Henry Gerson and Academy Award winning producer Odessa Rae, is an inspiring, timely look at a young generation of Syrian artists who use their work to protest and process what is currently the world’s largest and longest ongoing displacement of people since World War II.
Rapper Abu Hajar, together with other celebrated creative personalities of the Syrian uprising, a Post-Rock musician (Anas Maghrebi), members of the first all female Syrian rock band (Bahila Hijazi and Lynn Mayya), breakdancer (Bboy Shadow), choreographer (Medhat Aldaabal), and visual artists (Tammam Azzam, Omar Imam and Diala Brisly), use their art to rise in revolution and endure in exile in this new documentary reflecting on a battle for peace, justice and freedom of expression. It is an uplifting and humanizing look at what it means to be a refugee in today’s world, and offers inspiring and hopeful vantages on a creative response to the chaos of war.
THE STORY WON’T DIE premiered at 2021 Hot Docs, went on to screen at AFI Docs, Watch Docs, and won Best Director at Doc LA and Best Feature Doc at FIC Autor Guadalajara.
Directed by David Henry Gerson
Produced by Odessa Rae
Executive Produced by Katherine Embiricos LeFrak
Co-Produced by Abdalaziz Alhamza, Colleen Ritzau Leth and Martin Marquet
Co-Executive Produced by Omeed Malik, Marco Rotunno, Alexandra Schueler, Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy and Elaine Thomas
Cinematography by Luise Schröder
Editing by Christopher Robin Bell and David Henry Gerson
BEST DIRECTOR, DOC LA FILM FESTIVAL
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, FIC AUTOR GUADALAJARA FILM FESTIVAL
BRING THE CHANGE AWARD, BIOGRAFILM FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD, SYRIAN DOC DAYS FILM FESTIVAL
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