Our Memory Belongs to Us

Rami Farah, Denmark, 2021

90 min.DK/Documentary

Nearly 10 years after the beginning of the Syrian revolution, three Syrian activists – Yadan, Odai and Rani – reunite on a theatre stage in Paris. Through life-size projections onto a big screen, Syrian director Rami Farah confronts the three men with footage, some of it their own, depicting events that changed their destinies forever. Watching the brutal footage together, they reflect on their personal journeys, revive their collective memory, and wonder what is left of their hopes and dreams. Their reunion serves as a unique window into the complexity of the situation in Syria, where a peaceful uprising was replaced by a ferocious war.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Our Memory Belongs to Us
Danish title Frihed, håb og andre synder
Keywords Syria, War, Civil wars, 2010-2019, 2020-2030
Director Rami Farah
Co-director Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen, Lyana Saleh, Anne Köhncke
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Editor Gladys Joujou
Sound Henrik Gugge Garnov
Composer Kinan Azmeh
Appearance Yadan Draji, Odai Al Talab, Rani Al Masalma, Mohamad Hourani
Production country Denmark
International sales Final Cut for Real ApS
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
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Production company Final Cut for Real ApS
Co-production On Screen Off Record Productions, OSOR Palestine
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Danida, IDFA Bertha Fund, International Media Support, Eurimages, Timbuktu Fonden, Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Creative Europe, Bourse brouillon d'un rêve-SCAM
In collaboration with DR


Direction Rami Farah
Co-director Signe Byrge Sørensen
Research Dima Saber


Research Dima Saber
Voice over manuscript Dunia Aldahan


Producer Signe Byrge Sørensen
Producer Lyana Saleh
Producer Anne Köhncke
Co-producer Reema Jarrar
Associate producer Heidi Elise Christensen
Post-production Maria Kristensen
Post-production Francesc Sitges-Sardà
Production assistant Lina Soullem
Production assistant Rita Mahmoud
Production assistant Mai Ziadeh


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Camera operator Samer Zayat
B-camera operator Signe Byrge Sørensen


Editor Gladys Joujou


Composer Kinan Azmeh


Sound designer Henrik Gugge Garnov
Recording engineer Olivier Dendre
Sound assistant Camilla Angelbo Hansen

Visual effects

Colorist Anders V. Christensen
Colorist Assistent Maria Klarlund
VFX Martin Munck Schmidt


Appearance Yadan Draji
Appearance Odai Al Talab
Appearance Rani Al Masalma
Appearance Mohamad Hourani

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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festival
Human Rights Award 2021 Dokufest Prizren 2021
Film Prize Leipziger Ring 2021 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2021

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2022-05-13
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2022-04-28
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2022-03-21
Amsterdam, IDFA 2021-11-17
Dokufest Prizren 2021-11-01
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 2021-10-25
CPH:DOX 2021-04-21
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