Watch at Home 06.12.2018

In Syria

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw
Film Movement
86 Minutes
Belgium, France, Lebanon
Not Rated

Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death.

Director & Cast

  • Director: Philippe Van Leeuw
  • Starring: Hiam Abbass
  • Starring: Diamand Abou Abboud
  • Starring: Juliette Navis
  • Starring: Mohsen Abbas




  • "Gripping from start to finish.... A chilling, fast-moving study of a Syrian household under siege."
    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "A concisely-told story that couldn't be more timely... a superbly coordinated cast, largely composed of Syrian refugees - children and young adults included - gel magnificently. Hiam Abbass offers one of her most powerful performances to date...."
    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
  • "**** For a film that exists inside such a small setting, 'In Syria" is a big film.... It's remarkably powerful and a strong piece of work from director/writer Philippe Van Leeuw."
    Charliedavid Page, Switch (Australia)
Panorama Audience Award
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Label Europa Cinemas Award
Berlin Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Toronto Int'l. Film Festival
Official Selection
Seattle Int'l. Film Festival