Yay! We Live in Duma!

Palestinian poet “Mahmoud Darwish” once wrote “And we love life, if we find a way to it”, referring to the Palestinian tragedy in “State of Siege”. Little did he know that decades after this poem was first narrated, Syrians would be living this renowned verse with all its details.

From the heart of the besieged city Duma, comes a documentary film produced by the “Street Foundation for Media and Development” titled “Yay! We live in Duma”, to walk us through the tragedy and steadfastness of Syrians midst the siege.

As soon as the camera starts captioning the dreadful scene, it renders it impossible for anyone to imagine life can exist in this place. Traces of violence and war everywhere ou look, on streets, walls and houses. Nevertheless, life slowly begins to emerge from within the rubble: a 15-year-old boy working as a mechanic, children opening a grocery store while explaining “Most of this street is ruined.” without flinching.

One young man making bread says sarcastically: “Yeah,the city is beautiful now, people are filling the streets, working, talking and laughing. But just wait until Regime planes hover over Duma, it turns into a city of ghosts.”

If you look up close, you'll see a change in people's behavior: an owner of a small shop doesn't even bother to close his shop when he leaves. What good does a lock do, when the whole shop can turn into rubble in any given minute?


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Illustation by Dima Nechawi Graphic Design by Hesham Asaad