This is a great autobiography/biographical documentary that really gets inside life in Syria from a different perspective than most people would have. While perhaps it seems obvious to say that many Syrians live normal lives, it is not always simple to show that in a film, and certainly this is not the dominant notion that Hollywood puts forward.
The War Show also highlights aspects of how the Syrian uprising and civil war have been recorded on camera by offering a glimpse at life both on and off the main stage of the conflict. In this sense, the camera is the weapon of the protagonist, and her voice is her most vital instrument of resistance.
There are a lot of mundane details that make the characters seem real, even if the whole effect is limited by the harsh realities of the war and the pervasive death and violence of the civil war.
Bashar al-Assad's regime is depicted as the root cause of the violence that overtakes the movie, but some very poignant criticism is aimed at the rebel movement and its radicalization. In this sense it is tragic, balanced, and very human overall.
It could have been better if the protagonist had access to more action footage, but I think there was a limit to how much she could film and survive to tell about it. Perhaps one of the drawbacks is that the protagonist portrays herself and her friends as just regular Syrians, though it is clear between the lines that they were quite privileged.
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