Love and loss in a time of revolution: 'Ayouni' documents the forcibly disappeared in Syria


Bafta-nominated filmmaker Yasmin Fedda was making a documentary about Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall'Oglio when his sudden disappearance in Raqqa, Syria, changed the course of his life and of her film. "Ayouni" tells the story of how the search for Father Paolo's whereabouts mirrored the campaign of Noura Ghazi Safadi, a human rights lawyer, whose husband Bassel was detained by the Syrian authorities in 2012.


Fedda's film explores the difficult process of mourning a loss that is virtually impossible to confirm. It's also a poignant and troubling tribute to those Syrians who have been neither fatalities nor refugees in the nine-year conflict, but who have been forcibly "disappeared" by the authorities. The director spoke to FRANCE 24.

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