This isn’t so much a documentary in the classic sense as a memoir by someone of the life of their friends amongst the Syrian conflict. As the film moves forwards in time and the characters become more active in the conflict the emphasis broadens a little, but always remains intensively personal. It’s a film designed to really elicit an emotional response to what is just the most recent in a slew of 21st Century tragedies. Like most of the other documentaries I’ve seen at TIFF, this film gives no thought to trying to explain the bigger picture driving its story, but it’s affecting enough that this strategy more-or-less works.
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