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The immortal sergeant
Ziad Kalthoum

He was Born in Homs-Syria in 1981. He graduated from the cinema institute in USSR.He returned back home where he worked as an assistant director with several Syrian Directors such as Mohammad Malas, Hatem Ali and TalalDerki. He has worked as well in Syria on numerous TV Drama series as an assistant director. He directed several documentaries such as Aydil (Oh Heart) in 2011, about the Kurdish community in north Syria.In 2012, he directed his feature documentary entitled “The immortal Sergeant” before leaving Syria and settling in Lebanon.

Country of origin: Syria, Lebanon
2013 – 72 mins
My mandatory military service was done. I was then held in the army reserve with the revolution in my country. I was stuck for a whole year, waiting for my discharge, with no hope in sight.My military rank was sergeant. I was assigned to run Bassel AL Assad theatre that hasn’t screened a film in 15 years. I go back to my house in the middle of Damascus, take off my military suit to return to my city and to my normal life. I work withmy friend Mohammed Malas on his feature film as an assistant director.I hold my small camera and try to document our daily activities where all the technicians, mainly from the opposition, tell me their stories.Some of them had their houses shelled, some of them emigrated and doesn’t know where they are going next and some of them had their friends killed and their families displaced. I go back home,I sit and watch the news about destruction, violence, shelling… The sun rises anew, I wake up once more and put on my military suit, and go off to my military base to start a new day.
Director: Ziad Kalthoum
Executive Producers: Ziad Kalthoum & Raja Salim
Editing: FirasJawad & Marwan Ziadeh
Artistic Collaboration: Reem Ali & ZiadAdwan
Sound Mixing: Rana Eid
Post Production: the postoffice
Sales Agent: Crystal Films : crystalf@cyberia.net.lb
Rencontres Internationales des Cinémas Arabes Marseilles, France – April 2014
Rencontres Internationales des Cinémas Arabes, France 2014
Locarno International Film Festival –« Signs of life » section, Switzerland 2014
Torino Film Festival, Italy 2014
Syria's Mobile Phone Films Festival, Kafarnebel, Syria 2014
Mostra de Cinema ÀrabiMediterrani de Catalunya, Barcelona 2014
Cinema Aventure, Brussels, Belgium 2014
Ayam Beirut al cinemai’ya, Lebanon 2015
Fribourg International Film festival, Switzerland 2015
Werkstatt Der Kulturen Berlin in Rixdorf, Germany 2015
BBC Arabic Film Festival - Best feature documentary Award London, UK 2015