The Story of Aleppo
Day Two: Perspectives on post-2011 Aleppo
Aleppo: Revolutionary Culture
Long before March 2011, Syria was known as the “kingdom of silence”. All forms of artistic and public expression were controlled by the regime, only those who mastered the regime’s censorship rule-book managed to sneak in their subtle message through the many red lines. From the outset of the revolution in 2011, however, public expression and art became a daily practice. Self-expression is in essence the motor of the revolution; the creative spirit of the Syrian people was unleashed by the wave of protests around the country popularizing art and culture to become a defining face of the protest movement.
Leila Nachawati will reflect on culture and communications in times of repression and revolution, and the role of the unleashed talents in the unpredictable future of Syria.
Aleppo: The Fall
Last year, one of the worst human tragedies took place in Aleppo. After a few months of siege and indiscriminate shelling, tens of thousands of people were evicted from the city.
Beyond the horrific scenes of bombardment and forced mass eviction, little reflection has followed on how and why these violations happened and what the implications are for the present and future Syria.
Why did Aleppo fall? Who is responsible and how to be held accountable? What was the role of the local armed factions in Aleppo? Who was negotiating on behalf of the civilians? Who was forced to leave eastern Aleppo and who was allowed to return after the fall? What is happening in Aleppo today? What are the protection needs of civilians living in Aleppo under Assad?
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