Syria: The Children of Freedom

This documentary investigates the events of March 2011, the eve of the Syrian revolution. As all over the world there is graffiti on the walls here, the difference is that here it is overtly political; ‘Liberty and democracy for all, your turn will come Bachar.’ We go to Deraa, a village near the border between Syria and Jordan. It is the place where it all began. We met two 13 year old boys called Bachir and Aziz. They tell of how the Syrian secret service surrounded their school and arrested and imprisoned a dozen of their schoolmates. They were beaten, starved and electrocuted, but they survived. Bachir and Aziz describe their suffering to us but despite what happened they are still proud to be the initiators of the insurrection in Syria. They are now known as the ‘children of freedom’.

We go back to the seeds of the revolution to see how it all begun.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Sunset Presse
  • Director: Amal Mogaïzel and Fréderic Tonolli
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: French

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