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by Hala Abdallah


During the two years of the production of the film – from the beginning of the summer of 2010 to that of 2012 – major upheavals occurred in the Middle East, especially in the two countries the film focuses on, Egypt and Syria. It was hardly surprising that a film on the freedom of expression and its repression in these countries should be drawn into the wake of the turbulent events of the revolutions under way there... By questioning Egyptian and Syrian cartoonists about their experiences before and after these major historic movements against despotism, the film attempts to gauge the new-found freedom that will also guarantee our future and our right of expression, and preserve us from censorship. The Syrian writer and journalist Samar Yazbek provides us with her insight and impressions from Damascus in the months preceding the Syrian revolution up until her exile in France five months later.

international title: As If We Were Catching a Cobra
original title: Comme si nous attrapions un cobra
country: Syria, France
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Hala Abdallah
film run: 120'
cast: Hazem Alhamwi, Mohieddine Ellabbad, Ali Farzat, Walid Taher, Samar Yazbek
cinematography by: Hala Abdallah
film editing: Dominique Pâris
producer: Hala Abdallah, Bloch Bernard, Frédéric Féraud
production: Les Films de l'œil sauvage, Ramadfilm/Syria
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