War and conflict in the 21st century is increasingly complex and divisive; not only for those seeking to understand it but also for those engaged in it. The devastating conflict in Syria has descended from an uprising against a cruel dictatorial leader by a pro-democracy population, to a virtual hell on earth in which now numerous factions each pursue their own agendas. Ironically, it is those whose intentions are best who find themselves most persecuted. Red Lines, so named for the imaginary red line cited by Obama as the point at which the US must intervene, is the story of a pair of activists fighting a war on two fronts; against the forces of the regime and those of the extremist groups. Razan, daughter of a wealthy Syrian family, whose life of privilege was turned upside down by the war, and Mouaz, born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, might have very different backgrounds but they share a common belief and vision; to see an end to the war and a peaceful and democratic Syria. This film gives a unique and challenging insight into the lives of activists in Syria, and it is one that should be watched by all who believe, or doubt, the power of a few good people willing to fight their cause. And, following the film, once your mind is full of questions, you’ll even be able to put ask them to Razan, the film’s protagonist, via a skype Q&A session.
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