On Thursday 26 January, the public preview of Greetings from Aleppo takes place during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL). The screening of the documentary by Issa Touma, Thomas Vroege and Floor van der Meulen is part of the ‘Avant-premières 2017’. Ten short films will be screened and followed by a Q&A with the makers.
In the course of the festival week, Greetings from Aleppo will be screened on 31 January, 1 February and 4 February, followed by the film Als Paul über das Meer kam.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience (2016: 305.000 admissions) and 2.538 film professionals.
Photo: Bas Czerwinski
Since 2014, photographer Issa Touma travels back to his hometown Aleppo on a regular basis. For more than two years he captured everyday encounters with fellow citizens of Aleppo, a city torn apart by war.
Greetings from Aleppo is an homage to the resilience of the people who try – sometimes to an absurd level – to continue to live the lives they led before the war. From car lovers who drive their polished classic cars through the devastated streets, to the girls who giggle about the way media report about the situation in their city.