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A flood in the Baath Country

Omar Amiralay / Syria / 2005 / 46 ' / Arabic / S.T. English


Chantal Piquet
Meyar Roumi
Omar Amiralay

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A powerful and daring critique of Syria's political regime and the tribal politics that hold it together.


The documentary explores the implications of Baath Party policies in Syria. Without commentary or criticism, Amiralay's film exposes Baath party propaganda and its debilitating effects on the people of al-Mashi village, 400 kilometers (250 mi) northeast of Damascus. The film moves slowly from students to teachers to government officials, with everyone reciting exactly the same praise for the president and slogans glorifying the Baath party. The film is a harsh indictment of the regime, portraying the devastating effects of 35 years of rigid Baath party rule on Syrian society.


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