In New Film–The Story Won't Die–Syrian Artists Respond to the Chaos of War

  • May 26, 2022 11:13

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“Freedom Graffiti,” by Tammam Azzam in David Henry Gerson's THE STORY WON’T DIE (Photo Credit: RaeFilm Studios)
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A photomontage of Goya’s “Third of May” by Tammam Azzam in David Henry Gerson's THE STORY WON’T DIE (Photo Credit: RaeFilm Studios)
(L-R) Rapper Abu Hajar and Choreographer Medhat Aldaabal in David Henry Gerson's THE STORY WON’T DIE (Photo Credit: RaeFilm Studios)
Filmmaker David Henry Gerson

"Art can talk about politics, but politics can't talk about art..."

In light of the Ukraine crisis, this new documentary follows Syrian artists who use their work to digest and protest their people's displacement.

THE STORY WON’T DIE, from Award-winning filmmaker David Henry Gerson, 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. The film is produced by Sundance Award-winning producer Odessa Rae (Navalny).

Bboy Shadow (aka Mhd Sabboura) in David Henry Gerson's THE STORY WON’T DIE ( Photo Credit: RaeFilm Studios)
RaeFilm Studios

The film (view trailer) will premiere in Los Angeles on June 10 at Laemmle Cinemas and in New York on June 17 at Cinema Village. It will be available starting from June 21 (World Refugee Day) on streaming platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google TV, Vimeo and more.

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), break-dancer (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. 

David Henry Gerson is a filmmaker whose work has won prizes from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Sundance Film Festival, and has been acquired into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the American Film Institute, where he was the recipient of the AFI Richard P. Rodgers Award for Creative Excellence. His film, ALL THESE VOICES, won the Student Academy Award®. David’s spec screenplay, ABOVE KINGS, was nominated to the Tracking Board Hit List and was a semifinalist for the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship. His documentary film ULTRA VIOLET FOR SIXTEEN MINUTES (“Totally engaging” - Al Maysles), screened at festivals worldwide, the Pompidou Museum in Paris, and was acquired into the permanent collection of the MoMA. THE STORY WON’T DIE is his debut feature. 


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