The War Show / The War Show

Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon (DK, 2016)

The War Show - venner i krig // The War Show (Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon, DK/FI/SY, 2016)

In March 2011, radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her circle of friends join the street protests against President Bashar al-Assad, as the Arab Spring reaches Syria. Knowing their country would be changed forever, this group of artists and activists begin filming their lives and the events around them. But as the regime’s violent response spirals the country into a bloody civil war, their hopes for a better future will be tested by violence, imprisonment and death. Obaidah leaves Damascus and journeys around the country, from her hometown of Zabadani, to the center of the rebellion in Homs, and to northern Syria where she witnesses the rise of extremism. A deeply personal road movie, the film captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a small circle of friends.

CategoryDK/Documentary

Basic information

Danish titleThe War Show - venner i krig
Production countryDenmark/Finland/Syria
Duration100 min.
Production companyFridthjof Film
With support fromDet Danske Filminstitut, DR
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Full credits

Direction
Maxim Abou DiabDirector supervisor
Kheder KhaddourDirector supervisor
Obaidah ZytoonDirection
Script
Andreas DalsgaardScreenplay
Obaidah ZytoonScreenplay
Alaa HassanWriter
Oqba BouzianWriter
Production
Alaa HassanProducer
Ronnie FridthjofExecutive producer
David B. SørensenExecutive producer
Ronnie FridthjofExecutive producer
Miriam NørgaardExecutive producer
David B. SørensenExecutive producer
Joonas BerghällExecutive producer
Satu MajavaCo-producer
Joonas BerghällCo-producer
Caroline EybyeAssociate producer
Emma Drost JensenProducer's assistant
Simone JørgensenProducer's assistant
Julie BangProducer's assistant
Mathilde Staal BorupProduction assistant
Benjamin Schildknecht KodbølProduction assistant
Stine Elleby RiisProduction assistant
Toke Rude TrangbækPost Producer
Tina HedegaardPost-production supervisor
Fanni Liv EngelbrechtPost-production supervisor
Sary ShleweetTranslation
Joonas KauppinenCo-production manager
Tuuli TuominenCo-production manager
Olli UosukainenCo-production manager
Cinematography
Obaidah ZytoonCinematographer
Dana BakdounesCinematographer
Amr KheitoCinematographer
Hisham IssaCinematographer
Lars SkreeCinematographer
Tahani BurhanCinematographer
Wasim AnonymousCinematographer
Editing
Adam NielsenEditor
Miriam NørgaardAdd. editing
Alaa HassanAdd. editing
Kristiane WaldhausenAssistant editor
Freja BorrowmanAssistant editor
Sound
Olli HuhtanenSound design
Mikko OinonenSound: post production
Toivo KallioFoley artist
Eero EkebomFoley editor
Visual effects
Virgil KastrupColorgrading
Nico ServideGraphic design
Nikolaj Hoe HundahlMotion Design
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Dragon Award For Best Nordic Documentary 2017 Göteborg International Film Festival 2017
Grand Jury Award 2017 Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 2017
Best Feature Film 2017 Murcia, Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia 2017
Special Mention of the International Jury 2017 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2017
Love & Change:
Obaidah Zytoon
Miriam Nørgaard
Andreas Dalsgaard
2017 Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2017
Best Danish documentary:
Obaidah Zytoon
Miriam Nørgaard
Andreas Dalsgaard
2017 Bodil Filmmedarbejderforeningen 2017
Amnesty Award 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
est Use of Footage in a Factual Production:
Obaidah Zytoon
Fridthjof Film A/S
Miriam Nørgaard
Andreas Dalsgaard
2017 London FOCAL International Awards 2017
Jury Prize 2016 Venice Days 2016
Best Human Rights Documentary Awad 2016 Bergen International Film festival 2016
Student Jury Award 2016 Paris, Signes de Nuit Bangkok 2016
Honorary Mention:
Obaidah Zytoon
Miriam Nørgaard
Andreas Dalsgaard
2016 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2016
Best Documentary Award:
Obaidah Zytoon
Fridthjof Film A/S
Miriam Nørgaard
Andreas Dalsgaard
2016 Paris, Signes de Nuit Bangkok 2016
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Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 16-09-2017
Dokufest Prizren 04-08-2017
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 20-07-2017
Sydney Film Festival 07-06-2017
Göteborg International Film Festival 31-05-2017
Warszawa, Against Gravity 12-05-2017
München Documentary Festival 04-05-2017
Linz, Crossing Europe Film Festival 25-04-2017
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 20-04-2017
Hong Kong International Film Festival 11-04-2017
Geneve, Forum on Human Rights 10-03-2017
Tempo Dokumentärfestival 06-03-2017
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 06-03-2017
Murcia, Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia 06-03-2017
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 03-03-2017
Columbia, True/False Film Festival 02-03-2017
ZagrebDox 26-02-2017
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 16-02-2017
Göteborg International Film Festival 27-01-2017
Dubai International Film Festival 07-12-2016
Paris, Signes de Nuit 24-11-2016
Amsterdam, IDFA 16-11-2016
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 11-11-2016
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 31-10-2016
Mumbai Film Festival 20-10-2016
Warszawa, Against Gravity 16-10-2016
London Film Festival 07-10-2016
Reykjavik Film Festival 29-09-2016
Bergen International Film festival 20-09-2016
Toronto International Film Festival 08-09-2016
Venice Days 31-08-2016
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Registration of festival participation and awards

The Danish Film Institute registers international festival participation and awards for Danish films, though primarily for films whose festival distribution is handled by the Danish Film Institute, and primarily in connection with festivals prioritised by the Danish Film Institute. Festival participation and awards regarding Danish films that are not handled through the Danish Film Institute's festival distribution will only be registered in connection with "launch" festivals, according to the Danish Film Institute's list of priority festivals. See the list of priority festivals.

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Interview (BT - Wendt Jensen, 26 October 2016)

Anmeldelse (Berlingske Tidende - Wendt Jensen, 26 October 2016)

Artikel (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 26 October 2016)

Interview (Politiken - Skotte Christensen, 26 October 2016)

Anmeldelse (Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten - Christensen, 26 October 2016)

Anmeldelse (Politiken - Hegnsvad, 26 October 2016)

Anmeldelse (Information - Christensen, 20 October 2016)

Artikel (Politiken - Dyrholm Nielsen, 20 October 2016)

Varia (Politiken - Lindberg, 11 August 2016)

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