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February 2–8, 2018

Chicago Premiere

In Syria
(aka. Insyriated)

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Film still: In Syria Film still: In Syria
Panorama Audience Award
Berlin Intl Film Fest
"Tense, upsetting and timely"
  —TimeOut London
"A devastatingly direct and intimate study of the effects of war on ordinary people"
  —Sight and Sound
"[The film] brings the everyday horror home with the kind of realism associated with the most gripping war films"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Haunting... The cast, particularly [Hiam] Abbass, bravely inhabit characters representative of average Syrian citizens, under the concentrated guidance of [Director Philippe] Van Leeuw"
  —Film Inquiry
Recommended "Gripping"
  —Chicago Reader

Trapped inside her own home as the city around her is reduced to rubble, mother of three Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) takes comfort in the familiarity of household routines. The streets below are a war zone, with a fortified doorway providing the only protection from the threat of deadly bombs and sniper fire. One day, an ominous knock on the door signals that their time in hiding is almost up. And when the world outside finally bursts in, Oum Yazan is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to protect those she loves.

Executed with gut-punch realism and formal flair, In Syria was shot almost entirely within the confines of a few rooms in a middle-class Damascus apartment, boldly showcasing the looming and very real terror that presides over one extended family in the course of a single day. Tense and immersive, it is a powerful and timely portrait of the everyday fight for survival in war-torn Syria, as the reality of life as a civilian in modern-day Damascus is explored in gripping and visceral detail.

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw, Belgium, 2017, 85 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles.


  • Fri., Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Feb. 3 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Feb. 4 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Feb. 5– 8 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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