DOUMA UNDERGROUND

11 minutes, 2019
Director : Tim ALSIOFI (Syria)
Production : Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts (Lebanon)

While home-made bombs were raining on Ghouta, civilians took refuge in their basements. I was one of them. Armed with my camera, I tried to film what I could not express in words.

Born in Douma in the Damascus countryside in 1994, Tim Alsiofi studied sound and music. He was unable to complete his studies due to the blockade imposed on the town of Douma and Eastern Ghouta. During this period, he worked as a director and sound engineer at the Russel Studio in Douma (2014-2018). In 2018 he was forced into exile. He also works as a presenter and reporter for several local and international radio stations. After his early days photographing his local region in 2013, he joined others sending images from the heart of Eastern Ghouta to numerous press agencies. He is part of the team of Sam Lenses and Russel Studio, and is a founding member of the charity Humanity in Syria.
Tim has also worked as a videographer and cinematographer for several short and feature-length documentaries. “Still Recording” is one of his latest projects (2018, winner of five awards at Critics’ Week in Venice). He photographed and directed the short films “Sons of War” and “The Flute and the Cemetery” for Orient TV.

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