A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy

Rami Farah, France, 2019

94 min.Documentary

This documentary film is a chronicle of a revolution and war, experienced by the famous Syrian actor Fares Helou. Fares’ life changed radically when he joined the people in the streets of Damascus calling for the fall of the Syrian regime. He immediately had to go underground and director Rami Farah joined him in hiding with a camera. When Fares had to flee from Syria to France Rami followed him. However, neither the actor nor the director had a script for the new chapter in their lives: exile. A chapter full of questions, disappointments and alienation, but also of absurdity and cultural confusion that calls for laughter.
Basic information Credits
Original title A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy
Danish title En syrisk stjernes revolution
Keywords 2010-2019, Syria, Helou, Fares, Personal history, Civil wars, Political exiles
Director Rami Farah
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen, Lyana Saleh
Director of Photography Rami Farah
Editor Gladys Joujou
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov, Rami Farah
Composer Dima Orsho
Appearance Fares Helou, Soulafa Oueshek, Nora Helou, Marah Helou
Production country France, Denmark
Online release 20.10.2021, Filmcentralen
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company OSOR, Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production Shashat Multimedia Productions, Sant & Usant
With support from Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund, Doha Film Institute, The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, IDFA Bertha Fund, Screen Institute Beirut, Det Danske Filminstitut, International Media Support, Danida, Fritt Ord, Cactus World Films
In collaboration with Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, DR


Direction Rami Farah


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Lyana Saleh
Executive producer Sawsan Asfari
Co-producer Cindy Le Templier
Co-producer Anita Rehoff Larsen
Post-production supervisor Anders V. Christensen
Associate producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Post Producer Maria Kristensen
Post-production Waltteri Vahanen
Post-production Mauricio González-Aranda
Post-production Francesc Sitges-Sardà


Cinematographer Rami Farah


Still photographer Ossama Mohammad
Still photographer Mohamad Malas
Still photographer Haitham Hakki
Still photographer Ghassan Bakhos


Editor Gladys Joujou
Editing supervisor Frederik Billeskov Jansen
Editing supervisor Thomas Briat


Composer Dima Orsho


Sound designer Henrik Gugge Garnov
Sound engineer Rami Farah
Mixer Ricardo Sousa

Visual effects

Colourist Anders V. Christensen
Assistant colorgrader Maria Klarlund
VFX Martin Munck Schmidt
VFX Maria Klarlund
Online Anders V. Christensen
Online Sebastian Anton Munk
Graphic design Hicham Abu Salah
Art work Sami Ajouri


Appearance Fares Helou
Appearance Soulafa Oueshek
Appearance Nora Helou
Appearance Marah Helou
Appearance Abu Karam

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