The Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival is taking place in the magnificent surroundings of the 18th century Headfort House (now home to Headfort School), Kells, Coumty Meath over the August Bank Holiday weekend with upwards on 30 films from five continents, including 15 Irish premieres being screened.
A special focus on Syria features the Irish premiere of The War Show , (Sun. 6 August 5pm Road House Cinema, Headfort) told from the perspective of co-director Obaidah Zytoon who left Syria in 2013, and shaped by her and Danish co-director Andreas Dalsgaard.
The film is a highly personal yet universally affecting compilation of the footage shot by Zytoon and her friends between 2011 and 2013, from the euphoria of protest to complete despair in the face of the unthinkable. The footage was smuggled out by Zytoon when she was fleeing Syria.
Andreas Dalsgaard will be at the festival to discuss this unique film which he believes offers a human narrative often missing in the reporting of the ongoing war, violence and destruction in Syria.
Another powerful testament to a new kind of citizen journalism is the award-winning City of Ghosts (Fri 4 Aug 8.15pm Hangar Cinema & Monday 7 Aug 2pm Adam Room) , follows the efforts of a handful of anonymous activists, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, who came together after their city was taken over by Isis.