"It's 8:15 AM"
, says Touma, recording the morning sky and fading moon through his window, on a day that signalled a turning point for life in Syria's largest city. "Strangers take position in my street."
he says, "they look unprepared, without any kind of war experience"
. Young men in t-shirts, resembling students more than fighters, drag sandbags into a blockade below Touma's window. A rebel appeals by loudspeaker to a regime soldier, "leave your post and come to us!"
. He is answered by the sound of gunfire. Touma's incisive commentary and photographer's eye for detail give an unprecedented glimpse into the beginnings of a war that rages to this day.
Official Selection - Norwich Radical Film Festival 2018