2020 / 75 minutes

Directed by
Yasmin Fedda
Country of production
United Kingdom

Bassel was a successful open source developer and hacker in Damascus. Paolo was a well-known priest based in Mar Musa monastery. Both men were active in the 2011 Syrian revolution, and witnesses to crimes before they were forcibly disappeared. This film follows these two high-profile figures of the Syrian revolution through their family members, Noura and Machi, as they search for their loved ones. Faced with the limbo of an overwhelming absence of information, hope is the only thing they have to hold on to. ‘Ayouni’ is a deeply resonant Arabic term of endearment – meaning ‘my eyes’ and understood as ‘my love’. Filmed over six years and across multiple countries in search of answers, Ayouni is an attempt to give numbers faces, to give silence a voice, and to make the invisible undeniably visible.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest
Language and subtitles
English, Italian, Arabic with English subtitles
Middle and Near East
War / Conflict / Reconciliation Memory Political Activists

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