Matthew VanDyke, an American journalist and documentary filmmaker who took part in the Libyan civil war as a foreign fighter against the Qaddafi forces, has resorted to crowd-funding to produce Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, a short movie which documents the Syrian revolution and what it stands for.
The movie [Warning: Graphic], posted for free on YouTube in September 2013, shows Syrian civilians protesting against the Assad regime and activists singing when a blast happened. The footage takes us through the destroyed city of Aleppo (Homs) and shows armed people who were once civilians but had turned into rebels fighting for the freedom of their country. The director chats with activists in English while some songs and local conversations can be heard in Arabic in the background.
In his words, this YouTube film
[…..] has won more than a dozen awards and is an official selection in more than 75 film festivals around the world. Director Matthew VanDyke has released the film online for free and without any ads on it weeks ahead of schedule because NOW is the critical time for YOU to take action in support of Syria.
This is YOUR film.
“Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution” is a 15-minute documentary film about the war in Syria, directed and produced by American Matthew VanDyke and Nour Kelze (a Syrian journalist who is also the star of the film).
The film tells the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour Kelze, in Aleppo, Syria.
The film clearly and concisely shows why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war.
Filming in Syria was dangerous and difficult. VanDyke and Kelze faced aerial bombardment, artillery, mortars, snipers, and the persistent threat of kidnapping. In addition, VanDyke was branded a terrorist by the Assad regime on the Syrian State TV channels.
Here’s the short movie for you to watch: