Staying In Tonight?



On RTÉ 1.

At 11.20pm.

Syria: The Impossible Revolution.

A documentary by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan, of Esperanza Productions, who say:

Three years in the making this feature length documentary offers unique insights into the roots of the Syrian Revolution and how what began as a peaceful uprising turned into a very brutal conflict as the Assad regime cracked down.

Syria – The Impossible Revolution seeks to unravel the roots and ‘complexities’ of the bloodiest conflict in the Middle East as well as the politics of the Western response.

It also examines why some elements on the Left are on the same page as the extreme Right defending the Assad regime against “US imperialism” apparently oblivious to the role of Iran and especially Russia and her indiscriminate bombing of civilians as well as targeting hospitals which many charge are warcrimes?

The film traces the roots of the Syrian revolution through the regime of Assad’s father up to the fall of Aleppo.

Using extensive archive and interviews with a wide range of people directly involved as well as experts on the region, the documentary seeks to offer some understanding about a conflict that has plumbed new depths in terms of the toll it has extracted on civilians.

Some suggest more than 500,000 are already dead, half the population have fled their homes and five millions are now refugees in Europe and neighbouring countries with little prospect of returning any time soon.

The film also examines the rise of the jihadis including Islamic State and Al Qaeda with evidence partly nurtured by Assad as he continues to present himself as “fighting the war on terror”.

Syria: The Impossible Revolution (Vimeo)

Thanks Anne

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15 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

  1. M

    If the documentary was critical of Washington it wouldn’t be shown on RTE.

    So if you want to make a documentary about Syria for RTE you’d better conclude that Russia and Iran were responsible.

    #Joke. #CancelRTE

  2. bisted

    …this documentary doesn’t seek to ‘offer some understanding’, it offers a perspective from the point of view of the forces and their allies who tried to precipitate regime change…they are almost defeated…at terrible cost…

  3. Rob_G

    Are we really expected to pay €4 to watch a film that features portarait mobile phone photos, and footage that has not been scaled to the correct frame size?

  4. RuilleBuille

    The so-called Syrian revolution. Day one ‘peaceful protest’. day two full blown armed insurrection.

    We hear non-stop about Syrian/Russian bombing. When they took Aleppo they destroyed 60% of the city. When the US and UK took Raqqa they destroyed 75% of the city.

  5. Friscondo

    It’s interesting that the three countries, Iraq, Lybia and Syria,destroyed as a result of “The War on Terror” were secular Arab republics, despite al Queda, ISIS, etc being identified as the threats to the west. The resulting refugee crisis has destabilised Europe, possibly ending in the the disintegration of the EU. Christianity in the ME has almost been wiped out, and will never recover to its pre conflict status. The only winners are the Zionist state of Israel, the head chopping Saudi’s and UAE, who remained remarkably ISIS and al Queda free. Syrians were given a terrible choice: Assad or ISIS. Russia, Iran and Hezbollah saved them from the lesser of two evils, at horrific cost. Israel now seems intent on pushing the US in to an even more costly conflict with Iran, with blood thirsty savages like Pompeo and Bolton, being only too willing to facilitate it. Meanwhile, where it all started ie, Afghanistan is still unconquered, 17 years on. Go figure. A war with Iran is unthinkable for any sane person.

    1. jonsmoke

      What are you talking about, “Syria destroyed as result of the war on terror”? Syria was destroyed as a result of a the brutal repression of the Syrian people by Assad (as his father did before him). The tortue and killing of 13 year old Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb in Deera was the straw that broke the camels back for them and they thought they had a chance of forcing change through protest after seeing the results in Tunisia etc.. Assad had a choice, listen to the people bring about real change, like he kept saying he would do, or resort to the usual methods of torture and murder and gamble that the ‘west’ would let him away with it. He made is choice.

  6. Friscondo

    Naive rubbish. Why couldn’t the rebels take Damascus or Aleppo? Their ranks were filled with foreigners, because Syrian men mostly fought with the govt, or opted out and headed for Europe. The “uprising” was immediately hijacked by jihadi’s supplied by KSA, UAE, US, UK and France. The SAA was and is, a Sunni majority army, because Syrians could see the hell they were being dragged into by foreign interests. Who were cutting off heads in Raqqa, Palmyra, etc, etc?

    1. f_lawless

      I get the impression that they set out to make this from within already skewed Western narratives either through naivety or something else. 3 years in the making and they never once set foot inside Syria to speak to Syrians living there. Plenty of independent investigative journalists have. Better to look to people like Vanessa Beeley or Eva Bartlett to get a truer picture of what’s happening in Syria.
      Almost right from the start, western media promulgated the myth of the roots of the Syrian uprising in Daraa. It wasn’t the Syrian forces who first started the shooting. but instead the foreign jihadi groups armed by proxy who had infiltrated the protest that began firing on those forces. Prof. Tim Anderson, who wrote “the Dirty War on Syria”, gives some detail of it in this article

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