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2021 / 183' / Syria, Germany, France, Qatar, Italy

Twelve years in the making, Republic of Silence bears witness to a tragedy on an epic scale, accompanied by an ever-expanding mosaic of fragile, deeply embedded moments from the filmmaker's life.

They grew up in the lands of dictators and surveillance, where images are censored, photos are burned, thoughts are discreet, and mouths are kept shut. During the years, they made films, documented life, their lives, at least what was possible. They recorded sounds at night and in secret, for the senses to complete the image. From what are seemingly scattered images and narratives, a coherent emotive sensibility emerges unpacking a singular perspective of history and an attempt to speak what has been unspoken and silenced. A first person narrative which pendulates between a perspective that is timelessly personal and intimate, and another which is, on the contrary, very vast, contemporary and political. It traces the journeys of a filmmaker and her partner, friends and their families, once as revolutionaries in their country, once as exiles in Europe nowadays, once as activists, as filmmakers, as lovers, and as listeners. A contemplative journey from silence into words, from blindness into seeing, and of how cinema became possible and saved their lives.


Screening schedule:

21.08, 13:30, Chernivtsi Concert Hall (10 Universitetska Street, Chernivtsi)




Diana El Jeiroudi is an independent film director, producer and editor. Her films were screened internationally in festivals in over 60 countries and were screened in art events and venues, including Kunsthalle Wien, Berlin State Museums, Taipei Biennial, among others. Her films were also broadcast globally, with network such as Arte, NHK, TSR, NRK, TV2, Al Arabiyah, a.o.

As a producer, she worked with young directors realizing a number of internationally acclaimed independent documentary films in Syria and beyond.

As an independent film director, producer and activist, her career in film started in 2002 after co-founding an independent film production outfit in Damascus "Proaction Film". In addition to being a director and producer, she managed the company for 12 years, and co-founded "Dox Box international documentary film festival" in Syria independently in 2008 where she headed the training and industry events. The festival ran till the uprising in 2011. After leaving Syria, Diana moved to Berlin and co-founded both a production company "Proaction Film" later re-branded as "No Nation Films GmbH" where she continues to produce films, and the independent non-profit documentary support organization "Dox Box" which she managed since establishment.

Selected filmography

  • Dolls: A Woman from Damascus (2007),

  • Morning Fears, Night Chants (2013),

  • Republic of Silence (2021)


Producer: Orwa Nyrabia, Diana El Jeiroudi, Camille Laemlé

Screenwriter: Diana El Jeiroudi

DOP: Sebastian Bäumler, Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer

Cast: Rami Aboujamra, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer

Виробник / Production: No Nation Films, Les Films d'Ici, Proaction Film


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