Congratulations to Syrian photographer Issa Touma for winning the British Film Institute’s 2016 Award for Best Short Film for his ‘9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo’. The film chronicles the start of the Syrian uprising in the city of Aleppo. Entirely shot from his bedroom window over the course of nine days, he presents an unparalleled, unprecedented angle of this war.
Jury president Mat Kirkby said: “Not only does his documentary show what one person, one camera and a restricted view of an alleyway can do to reveal something as complex, confusing, and terrifying as a civil war, but also it demonstrates the power of film to reach the wider world, and make those of us more fortunate re-assess the freedom we take for granted.”
The film has just recently received a nomination for a European Film Award.
Check out the film’s trailer here:
Touma joined us for the Dialogue ‘Art in a War Zone: Everyday Life in Syria‘ in Fall 2015. Read this post about the Le Pont Organization, which Touma founded, by Yasmyn Camp (LPD ’15) ‘Art in a War Zone’ and this essay by Ismail Ibrahim (LPD ’15) ‘The Power of a Photo‘. And you can see the video of Touma’s dialogue with us on the Dialogue page.