Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution
Director: Matthew Van Dyke
Producer: Nour Kelze
Writer: Matthew Van Dyke
Editor: Ivan Kander
Synopsis: Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is a 15 minute documentary short that tells the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war. Nour is a schoolteacher-turned-journalist who faces death on the front lines to tell the world about the war that is destroying her country. The film’s title is derived from the opening line of the film, when Nour says, “I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. Notanymore.” Now she wears body armor and a helmet. She is fearless, determined, and brilliant, but also lives with the pain of friends who have been tortured, raped, and murdered by the Assad regime.
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Saturday September 28th at 11:30 a.m.
Web Site: http://www.syrianrevolutionfilm.com
Nour Kelze -
On World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2013), Nour Kelze became the first Syrian to ever win the IWMF (International Women’s Media Foundation) Courage in Journalism Award. A 25 year old photographer for Reuters, she has been wounded twice on the front lines while reporting on the war in Syria. She speaks fluent English and also works as a fixer helping foreign journalists with their work in Aleppo, Syria. Nour has been featured in stories on CNN, NPR, and Orient TV and is a rising public figure in the Syrian revolution. She hopes to provide opportunities for other Syrian women to work in the revolution, aware of the positive effects it will have in both the present and future of Syria. Nour has a degree in Literature from the University of Aleppo, and before the war was working as an English teacher at Shams al-Assil school in Aleppo. Now she has become a journalist and film producer to help inform the world of what is happening to her country. As she says in the film, “I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. Not anymore."
Matthew VanDyke -
Matthew VanDyke is an American documentary filmmaker. He received his Master’s degree in Security Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. VanDyke has been filming in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia since 2007. In 2011 Vandyke was the subject of international press coverage when he fought against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in the Libyan revolution as an American freedom fighter and soldier in the rebel army. He was captured by Gaddafi's forces and spent nearly 6 months as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, before escaping from Abu Salim prison and returning to combat until the end of the war. He has recently finished his first film, titled "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution," about the ongoing Syrian revolution. He is currently working on a book and is a producer on a documentary film about his experiences as a combatant and prisoner of war in Libya in 2011 (directed by twice Academy Award nominated director Marshall Curry), is a guest on television and radio programs, and frequently writes about the Arab world,revolutions and international security issues.