Synopsis „The Road to Aleppo“
This feature film by the German based director Shiar Abdi was shot entirely on location in spring of 2013 during the civil war in northern Syria with the participation of the people of Syria.
Rony, of Syrian descent, works in Germany as a nurse. He crosses the Turkish border to Syria illegally in search of his mother.
He is driven by the longing for his mother, which was believed to be dead. The truth is that she was imprisoned in Syria for many years. Rony, not being too clear about the political situation in his country of descent, is soon after his arrival confronted with the brutal reality of civil war.
During his search he meets Nora, a dedicated blogger, who reports about the civil war on the internet. She offers to accompany him to Aleppo in search of his mother.
They get into the control of rebel officer Youssef, who believes them to be supporters of the regime. After the misconception is cleared, it is too late to go to Aleppo and she takes him to her family in Kobani. They witness an attack of government forces and are able to bring some surviving children to the Red Crescent.
The next day the two try to reach Aleppo by motorbike, but the illegally refined gasoline stops the engine and they continue by foot. They rest for the night in a nearby cage and in a close moment confess each other their longing for a better life in peace.
On their continuing journey they help to bring casualties to Aleppo. But instead of being thanked, Rony and Nora are arrested, interrogated and tortured. Also imprisoned there is rebel officer Youssef. In their common suffering a strong relation develops between them.
After they are being freed by the rebel army, they finally find Rony’s mother, only to be shot by a sniper soon after. Standing at her bedside Rony finds out the truth about his origins and the injustice that had been done to his mother and the history, which keeps a whole country in deadly peril.
Nora confesses her affection to Youssef, but he is completely absorbed in his fight with the rebel army. So destiny takes its course...
Directors: shiar Abdi
Writers: Shiar Abdi
Producers: Lothar Segeler, Ewa borowski, shiar Abdi
Key cast: Rony Schamlian, Riyam Ibrahim, Bland Mustafa