The War Show

100 min.DK/Documentary

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.
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Original title The War Show
Danish title The War Show - venner i krig
Keywords Syria, Civil wars, 2010-2019, Demonstrations, Activists
Director Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Screenplay Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon
Producer Miriam Nørgaard, Alaa Hassan
Director of Photography Obaidah Zytoon, Dana Bakdounes, Amr Kheito, Hisham Issa, Lars Skree, Tahani Burhan, Wasim Anonymous
Editor Adam Nielsen, Colin Stetson
Sound Olli Huhtanen
Production country Denmark, Finland, Syria
International sales DR International Sales
Comment Winner of the top prize at Venice Days. Selected for Göteborg Film Festival 2017 after having screened at numerous festivals in 2016, including IDFA and Toronto. Dalsgaard debuted as documentary director with Afghan Muscles (2007), winner of the Best Director prize at the AFI Fest, and has since released The Human Scale (2012) and Life is Sacred (2015) among other titles.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company
Executive Producer Fridthjof Film
Co-production Oktober Oy, Dharmafilm
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, DR


Direction Andreas Dalsgaard
Direction Obaidah Zytoon
Director supervisor Maxim Abou Diab
Director supervisor Kheder Khaddour


Screenplay Andreas Dalsgaard
Screenplay Obaidah Zytoon
Writer Spencer Osberg
Writer Alaa Hassan
Writer Miriam Nørgaard
Writer Oqba Bouzian
Writer Kheder Sallman


Producer Miriam Nørgaard
Producer Alaa Hassan
Executive producer Ronnie Fridthjof
Executive producer David B. Sørensen
Executive producer Ronnie Fridthjof
Executive producer Miriam Nørgaard
Executive producer David B. Sørensen
Executive producer Joonas Berghäll
Co-producer Satu Majava
Co-producer Joonas Berghäll
Associate producer Caroline Eybye
Line producer Riina Spørring Zachariassen
Line producer Christian von der Recke
Producer's assistant Emma Drost Jensen
Producer's assistant Simone Jørgensen
Producer's assistant Julie Bang
Production assistant Mathilde Staal Borup
Production assistant Benjamin Schildknecht Kodbøl
Production assistant Stine Elleby Riis
Post Producer Toke Rude Trangbæk
Post-production supervisor Tina Hedegaard
Post-production supervisor Fanni Liv Engelbrecht
Translation Sary Shleweet
Co-production manager Joonas Kauppinen
Co-production manager Tuuli Tuominen
Co-production manager Olli Uosukainen


Cinematographer Obaidah Zytoon
Cinematographer Dana Bakdounes
Cinematographer Amr Kheito
Cinematographer Hisham Issa
Cinematographer Lars Skree
Cinematographer Tahani Burhan
Cinematographer Wasim Anonymous


Editor Adam Nielsen
Editor Colin Stetson
Additional editing Miriam Nørgaard
Additional editing Alaa Hassan
Assistant editor Kristiane Waldhausen
Assistant editor Freja Borrowman


Sound designer Olli Huhtanen
Sound: post production Mikko Oinonen
Foley artist Toivo Kallio
Foley editor Eero Ekebom

Visual effects

Colourist Virgil Kastrup
Graphic design Nico Servide
Online Freja Borrowman
Motion Design Nikolaj Hoe Hundahl
Blur Sune Bech Nielsen

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Amnesty Award 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
Special Mention of the International Jury 2017 Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2017
Love & Change 2017 Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2017
Dragon Award For Best Nordic Documentary 2017 Göteborg International Film Festival 2017
Honorary Mention 2016 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2016
Best Human Rights Documentary Awad 2016 Bergen International Film festival 2016
Jury Prize 2016 Venice Days 2016

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Hamburg FilmFest GmbH 2017-12-07
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2017-09-16
Dokufest Prizren 2017-08-04
Wellington - New Zealand Film Festival 2017-07-20
Sydney Film Festival 2017-06-07
Göteborg International Film Festival 2017-05-31
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
München Documentary Festival 2017-05-04
Sao Paulo It's All True Int. Documentary FF 2017-04-20
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2017-04-11
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2017-03-06
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017-03-03
ZagrebDox 2017-02-26
Istanbul Festival of Independent Films 2017-02-16
Göteborg International Film Festival 2017-01-27
Dubai International Film Festival 2016-12-07
Amsterdam, IDFA 2016-11-16
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016-11-11
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2016-10-31
Mumbai Film Festival 2016-10-20
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2016-10-16
London Film Festival 2016-10-07
Reykjavik Film Festival 2016-09-29
Bergen International Film festival 2016-09-20
Toronto International Film Festival 2016-09-08
Venice Days 2016-08-31
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Interview BT Wendt Jensen, Jacob 2016-10-26
Anmeldelse Berlingske Tidende Wendt Jensen, Jacob 2016-10-26
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2016-10-26
Interview Politiken-Fonden Skotte Christensen, Kim 2016-10-26
Anmeldelse Morgenavisen Jyllandsposten Christensen, Johannes H 2016-10-26
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Hegnsvad Kristoffer 2016-10-26
Anmeldelse Information Christensen, Ralf 2016-10-20
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Dyrholm Nielsen, David 2016-10-20
Varia Politiken-Fonden Lindberg, Kristian 2016-08-11
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