Amani Al-Ali, a rare female cartoonist in Syria, uses her art to empower young women and confront patriarchal power structures. But as she struggles with her own exhaustion and trauma, she also considers leaving her city, and her loved ones behind.
Amani Al-Ali, the first female cartoonist in Idlib, Syria, draws the life of her town, a bastion of jihadist groups attempting to overthrow President Assad. Armed with her pen, she is struggling against Islamist authority and traditional patriarchy. But for how much longer will she have the strength to keep fighting, among the ruins of her town? Behind the Lines is part of the Draw for Change project, a television series about female cartoonists who are using their drawings to empower women and fight for gender equality.
Les films du balibari (FR), a_BAHN (LU), Submarine (NL), Motto Pictures (US), Real Lava (DK), Ma.ja.de (DE)
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Film Fund Luxembourg, Creative Europe (MEDIA - TV & Online Content, La Région Pays de la Loire, in partnership with CNC, Screen Flanders, Film and Audiovisual Centre of Wallonia Brussels Federation (CCA), Taxshelter.be and ING, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, DGD - Belgian Development Cooperation, International Media Support (IMS)