Douma Underground

Tim Alsiofi

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Lebanon, Documentary, 2019, 11′

While bombs fell in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, civilians were hiding in their caves until hell was over. Tim Alsiofi was one of them and, with the help of his camera and poetry, was trying to survive and express himself.

Douma is a city in Syria, near Damascus, which we often see in the news due to frequent bombings. More than the bang of the bombs, what shudders in this film is our interior. We see the trivialization of bombing for people living in Douma. The way it is normal for them that day to day, what they do in the waiting times between two attacks and the way they face and relativize the whole situation. Filmed in the first person, this film moves away from war reporting. Here everything is more raw, more skin-deep, more urgent. (Carlos Ramos)