The Syrian Civil War started more than 10 years ago, lasting already 3,655 days (March 17, 2021). Since it started, over half a million people died and more than six million were forced to flee their homes. There are four sides involved in the conflict that are supported by various countries and fractions. However, the numbers fail to describe the complex situation, as they cannot tell individual human stories. That is why we present a selection of documentaries dealing with the war in Syria from various points of view.


The Syrian Civil War has been witnessed by the award-winning documentary Taste of Cement. Director Ziad Kalthoum shows the life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon who make a living as construction workers during the day and watch their country being demolished on TV at night. Taste of Cement was screened at numerous world festivals and won multiple awards both for its subject and striking visual style. (For licensing reasons, the film is only available in some countries).

Watch more films in our selection dedicated to the Syrian Civil War: Obscure shows Ahmed, a small boy whoo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, is depressed and refuses to get out of bed. What generations are growing up in the unceasing conflict? Haunted tells about the rootlessness of those who had to leave their homes overnight. Home captures the life of men who try to spend at least some time with their hobby – dancing – in spite of the ongoing war. True Stories of Love, Life, Death and Sometimes Revolution show the country in the days right after March 15, 2011 when the Syrian Arab Spring broke out. Love, life and death became the main themes of the revolution days. How does a peaceful revolution turn into an intricate conflict which is impossible to end? This question is asked by The Suffering Grasses which focuses primarily on the civilians. What was it like to be a refugee from Palestine in Syria? Before the war broke out, Syria would accept refugees from other countries, for instance The Shebabs of Yarmouk.

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