Three years ago, Syrians took to the streets in protest against the government, and the resulting conflict has been longer and more violent than anyone could have anticipated.
In this film, we follow the stories of Syrians in exile who have all escaped the conflict with their lives.
The image the world often has of refugees is of a downtrodden traveller or occupant of a squalid transit camp. But this film is built around the experiences of educated, middle-class exiles of the Syrian revolution – an academic, an artist, a playwright, a researcher, a medical worker, and a women’s rights campaigner.
Now living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, they were all once activists in Syria. Some escaped to avoid arrest, others simply fled the deteriorating situation.
All have individual stories – about being away from home, missing their places of work and study, their neighbourhoods and cafes. But they all have one thing in common – a fierce determination to continue fighting for a ‘Free Syria’, each in their own way. They all believe the war will ultimately end and that they will be able to go back to a free country ruled by a democratically elected government.
In Syria: The Battle Beyond, we hear their stories as they reflect on the struggles they face living in exile, and their hopes of one day returning home.
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