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Daya Al-Taseh, a satirical anti-IS internet series, is produced by four Syrian friends in south-east Turkey. But unexpected events in the increasingly unsafe country put the friends and their work under pressure.
Four Syrian friends have set up the collective Daya Al-Taseh to produce and publish satirical anti-IS videos in Gaziantep, a town in south-east Turkey near the Syrian border. Despite daily threats and the challenges of leading as inconspicuous a life as possible, the activists maintain their sense of humour in order to continue their dangerous work. After threats from ISIS supporters in Turkey become more concrete, the group moves to Istanbul in the hope that they can work from there more effectively and build something bigger, namely a satirical news programme which they want to broadcast on a Syrian channel. However, unexpected events in an increasingly unsafe Turkey force each of them to question their safety and friendship again. They have to decide how and where they can continue with their work.

Current Affairs / Human Interest
Length 90’/ 52’ HD
Film by Liliana Marinho de Sousa
Co-production NEWA Film Berlin with Fachhochschule Dortmund, with the support of Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein- Westfalen, Norbert Jansen Stiftung, 2016

Festivals and Awards (Selection)
Kasseler DokFest, Germany 2016
Stranger Than Fiction, Germany 2017
DOCFEED Film Festival, Netherlands 2017
BBC Arabic Film Festival, UK 2017 (Best Feature Documentary)
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey 2017
Istanbul Documentary Days, Turkey 20174
Jagran Film Festival, India 2017
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil 2017
23rd Festival Caminhos Cinema Português, Portugal 2017 (Special Mention Award)
Dohuk International Film Festival, Iraqi 2017
8th HumanDOC International Documentary Film Festival, Poland 2017
Sibiu International Documentary Film Festival, Romania 2017
21st Arab Film Festival San Francisco, Los Angeles, USA 2017
Tripoli International Documentary Days, Lebanon 2017
27th Media Festival Man in Danger, Poland 2017
London Migration Film Festival, UK 2017
22th Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria 2017