Zena fled Aleppo for Germany with her husband and their young daughter and currently lives in Ahrweiler. On her phone, she followed the bombardment and eventual evacuation of East Aleppo and also the messages from her friend D., who is running a women’s centre in Idlib province – a region in the north of Syria ruled by Islamist rebel groups. D. is someone who doesn’t want to give up despite the danger. She is planting vegetables next to her house and teaches women how to get out of the paralysis while the region is heavily bombed.

„I can only imagine my life in blue and white.”



Omar Alsawadi fled from Deir Ez-Zor and keeps in contact with friends who are still holding out in the ISIS-occupied city. Filming can only be done in secret and at extreme risk.

Nevertheless, friends send videos, photos and information: about the reprisals of the occupiers, about supply problems and also about the impossibility of leaving a city, where the penalty if caught is to be shot.

Omar spreads news and videos on social networks, feeling obliged to support his friends in Syria. In addition to this, Omar watches ISIS propaganda videos, searching for the names of people executed as well as for the perpetrators for future trials. Sometimes he comes across the names of people he knows.

“I feel more responsibility than desire to do this work.”



Shahinaz lives in Lausanne. In Syria she was a social worker. She was engaged in the revolution but her problems got increasingly worse.

She fled to Switzerland, but left her family, her mother, sister, nephew and brother-in-law, behind in Syria. She thought she could help them get to Europe through family reunification. Since this is not possible she tries to get them out of the war zone by any other means.

“If I could only look out the window.
After five years of prison, I can tell you, this can drive you crazy!”



Amjad’s friend J. is in prison. For more than five years, without trial. He is one of the thousands of people who disappeared, and were tortured in security detention or held in prisons without reason.

Amjad is J.’s best friend, he himself survived security detention and knows how his friend feels. He supports him by sending him top-ups for the phone J. managed to smuggle inside the prison and he calls or texts every day to encourage his friend.

The Trailer

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The Film

About the film, about the concept and how the film is made.
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The Team

The War on my Phone is a film production directed by Elke Sasse.
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