A short film about the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war. By Director Matthew VanDyke and producer Nour Kelze, USA, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey
Matthew VanDyke: Director, Producer Writer
Matthew VanDyke is an American documentary filmmaker. He received his Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Vandyke has been filming in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia since 2007.
He is currently working on a book and is a producer on a documentary film about his experiences as a combatant and prisoner of war in Libya in 2011 (directed by Marshall Curry), is a guest on tv and radio programs, and frequently writes about the Arab world, revolutions and international security issues. In 2011 Vandyke was the subject of international press coverage when he fought against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in the Libyan revolution as an American freedom fighter and soldier in the rebel army. He was captured by Gaddafi’s forces and spent nearly 6 months as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, before escaping from Abu Salim prison and returning to combat until the end of the war.
Nour Kelze: Producer
Nour Kelze is a 25 year old journalist from Aleppo, Syria. She works for Reuters as a stringer and photographer, and also works as a fixer helping foreign journalists with their work in Aleppo. She speaks fluent English. Nour is a producer and co-star of the documentary film, “Not Anymore: a Story of Revolution.” She has been featured in stories on CNN, NPR, and Orient TV and is a rising public figure in the Syrian revolution. She hopes to provide opportunities for other Syrian women to work in the revolution, aware of the positive effects it will have in both the present and future of Syria.
Nour has a degree in Literature from the University of Aleppo, and before the war was working as an English teacher at Shams al-Assil school in Aleppo. Now she has become a journalist and film producer to help inform the world of what is happening to her country. As she says in the film, “I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. Not anymore.”