CHAOS by Sara Fattahi


a film by Sara Fattahi

The story of three Syrian women, each living in a different time and place, separated by the very thing that unites them – fear itself and trauma itself.


The Film narrates the story of three women in three different cities. They have given up on life. One lives in Damascus. She has stopped speaking to others entirely, seeking refuge in silence since the death of her son in the war. The other has left Damascus as a result of the war there, hiding herself in a small village in northern Sweden, confining herself to a bed she never leaves. The third ended up in Vienna and faces an unknown future, like the ghost of a poet who left Austria during the Second World War.
The three women become part of different times and places, separated by war but having left the same city, Damascus, at the same time. One has lost her son, the other her brother, and the third her friend. The Film’s starting point is the question of the relationship between a woman and the city in which she lives, a woman who holds a city inside herself while living inside a city, meaning both belonging and identity. It is a discussion between a woman stuck in Damascus, a second stuck in exile, and a third who has recently left. It is a conversation between the interior and exterior. An impossible conversation.

Sara Fattahi

about the director
Born in Damascus, 1983, Sara Fattahi studied Law at Damascus University, and is a graduate of the Fine Art Institute in Damascus. Between 2003 and 2008, she was working as a storyboard artist and animator for many channels such as Al Jazeera Kids and SpaceToon. Between 2008 and 2011, she worked as an art director for soap-operas and TV ads.
In 2010 she started to produce and direct her documentary films independently. She finished her first short documentary 27 METERS in 2013. Since 2014, she collaborates in research and writing for independent short film projects. COMA, her first feature lengh documentary, produced in 2015, was granted the Regard Neuf Award for the Best First Feature Film at Visions du Réel 2015, and lately the FIPRESCI Award, the International Association of Film Critics for Best first film at the Viennale 2015.