Zaina Erhaim, a project co-ordinator and trainer with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Syria, has produced the documentary Syria’s Rebellious Women, profiling the contributions of women in the Syrian war. In Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, women face danger from Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces, his Russian allies, and the Islamic State. Erhaim filmed five women, chronicling how they gave up their domestic duties in order to help out on the front lines, serving as paramedics, munitions distributors, vocational trainers and a variety of other roles.
As women performing traditionally male roles, these women face resistance not only from their enemies but from the very men they try to help: “They say that, as a woman, I have always to look for man, any man, and assign him to be my guardian… This is the the general rule,” says Erhaim. “But I’m an exception, along with hundreds of women revolutionaries who resist all this.” The documentary is being screened this month for audiences in London, Washington, and New York.
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