ABOUT THE WAR ON MY PHONE
In 2015 and 2016, many refugees escaped to Europe. Now they try to build a new life. However, their old life is still present through their mobile phones:
Their family or friends text, call, skype or send them videos. Some of them feel like a news agency, constantly getting information about what it means to live in Aleppo or Damascus, or under ISIS. We want these videos and this information to become public. We think it might help people in Europe to understand the situation in Syria. We want to create a documentary film, as well as a web project: The war on my phone.
People in Europe get a lot of information about the situation in Syria through news – but this information is impersonal. Refugees in Europe could help us give the war a face: When bombs fall in Aleppo, they may hit the house of their uncle. Maybe their sister is still in Idlib, not knowing how to get out of there. With their help, the war will cease to be only an other war for European audiences. It will be recognized as the humanitarian disaster it is, affecting individuals like you and me with their very own stories.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
People in places like Damascus, Aleppo or Idlib will capture their daily lives with their mobile phones or small cameras, creating a kind of video diary. They will send these videos to their relatives or friends in Europe. The refugees in Europe will collect these videos as well as calls and messages. They will collect the war on their phones and comment the information and videos they get. Relevant content of their phones will later be part of the film and online project.
We do not want people to put themselves into danger because of filming. We would rather use what they film anyway. Their material should be relevant enough to give us an insight into the different situations and living conditions in Syria. The refugees in Europe who receive these videos and messages will help making them understandable for the people in Europe. For the documentary film, we will also film the owners of the phones, those who receive the videos and messages from their relatives and friends in Syria. Where and how do they live, while they are skyping or calling? This information would also be used for the online project.