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[It] shows the fundamental change in the status quo.
A deeply affecting documentary of the Syrian conflict told from the standpoint of a former radio DJ and her friends.
Uneven but frequently fascinating.
With a dreamy sense of living in the moment ... The War Show reminds us that there are indeed living, breathing, and loving individuals just trying their best to endure this war-torn time period in their homeland.
... The War Show will linger as a bloodied testament to the loss and sacrifice faced by those forced into diaspora.
In a sense, the rambling nature of the documentary matches the subjects' desperate attempt at attaining some sense of routine-they've come to rely on each other to stay sane, only to lose those closest to them for the most senseless of reasons.
Though the horror is judiciously spaced out, it's upsetting enough that any attempt to find hope feels false. Yet one can't begrudge the refugee filmmaker's belief that 'the destiny of the people is to survive.'
As both testimony and memorial, The War Show provides a voice for those no longer with us, showcasing that spark of optimism that's still fostering in Syria while darker forces move in to co-opt the movement.
We have constant news reports and an influx of distressed Syrian refugees to tell us the truth about the conflict in Syria. But The War Show proves that there is something unique about the way movies can tell stories.
At its best it is a deeply personal story of hope, love, friendship, and the loss of everything and everyone.
The style shifts, from home movie to documentary, which is appropriate; Zytoon herself goes from participant to observer.
Most documentaries could only hope to include as many striking, lingering, moving moments.
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