Diary from the Revolution
2 men's journey through the Libyan civil war
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Having grown up in Syria, Libya and Sudan, Nizam Najjar moved to Norway in 2002 and is now an Oslo-based filmmaker. He attained a degree in directing from Lillehammer University College and specialized in documentary filmmaking at Volda University College. Diary from the Revolution is his first film.
When the revolution in Libya began in 2011, I wanted to go back and be a part of it. I wanted to remember what it was like to be a Libyan again, because Iʼd been away for ten years. The atmosphere in Benghazi was overwhelming. Gaddafi had raised the price of the liberation so high, and I could not remain a neutral, objective observer. I fell in love with the cause. It was a genuine, moving struggle for freedom. I wanted to portray a group of civilians-turned-revolutionaries and tell a more nuanced story than what was emerging in the news. Getting close to the Al-Gabra militia in Misrata, I was able to ask difficult questions, raise issues, demand answers - something that a journalist just passing through would not have been able to do. I was interested to learn that the plans for a Libya post Gaddafi were vague, at best. So I stayed on to document the developments following the revolution. In total, I made seven trips to Libya from February 2011 to July 2012, and I filmed over 200 hours of material. I wanted to keep the camerawork intuitive and informal, and kept recording my personal reflections on the events to give the audience a unique perspective on the revolution and what the future holds for ordinary Libyans.