Ayouni (2020)

85 mins, 2020

  “a powerful and urgent documentary tribute” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

  “Compelling and empowering”, The Upcoming

Commendation, RAI Film Prize, 2021

Noura and Machi search for answers about their loved ones – Bassel Safadi and Paolo Dall’Oglio, who are among the over 100,000 forcibly disappeared in Syria. Faced with the limbo of an overwhelming absence of information, hope is the only thing they have to hold on to. ‘Ayouni’ is a deeply resonant Arabic term ofendearment - meaning ‘my eyes’ and understood as ‘my love’. Filmed over 6 years and across multiple countries in search of answers, Ayouni is an attempt to give numbers faces, to give silence a voice, and to make the invisible undeniably visible.

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Premiere: CPH:DOX 2020

A co-production with Banyak Films & Hakawati

Filmed by Yasmin Fedda & Hugh Hartdord, editied by Tom Ernst & Greg Pittard, sound design & composition James Bulley, produced by Hugh Hartford & Elhum Shakerifar, directed by Yasmin Fedda

Supported by SANAD, Cap Kuwait, Amnesty International and BFI Vision Award. Working closely with #FREEBASSEL campaign and Families For Freedom.