May Skaf: A Farewell to Damascus

May Skaf is a well known actress and creative artist who is known for her anti-Assad stance, and was detained a few times during the Syrian revolution. Skaf was one of the very first actors who joined the nonviolent protests early on, and was detained and had to stay in hiding with other young Syrians, often without electricity or water.

However, Skaf never lost hope. She always speaks like she really belongs to the revolution. She cares about the details, and gets deep into conversations on her Facebook page discussing major and minor issues of the revolution. 

Skaf often speaks about those who provided her comfort and shelter when she needed it, the youth of the revolution.  In this short film she says, Tthey are not armed terrorists,” in reference to Syrian activists, who the regime has labeled as terrorists. "In every culture there are those who are more conservative,” she adds, saying that not all opposition fighters are Syrian, and they do not need to be feared. She adds that her mother is Christian, yet she is not scared.

Furthermore, she talks about her experience during the revolution, and about the regime who claims to protect minorities while doing nothing but planting fear in them.

When this film was shot, Skaf was unable to leave the country, as the Syrian regime had imposed a travel ban on her. She was eventually able to leave Damascus, and now hopes to return to a free Damascus sometime soon. 


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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad

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