We Are Not Princesses
We Are Not Princesses documentary film follows a group of Syrian women involved in a theater workshop in Beirut. The play is Antigone – the Sophoclean tragedy that focuses on a woman caught in civil conflict, forced to choose between her own safety and the right to bury her brother’s body, rotting where he fell. It is a dilemma many of the women have actually faced. The women move between the theatrical world and their own truths, while the film also fluctuates between different realities that blend documentary elements with theater and animation. The animation, sometimes based on the women’s own drawings created in the workshop, allows us into the thought-world of these previously voiceless women. The film seeks to show the universality of human suffering. Just as the women have realized that their fate is somehow connected to this ancient civilization of 2,500 years ago, the audience is able to see the connection that we undoubtedly have to Syrians and their struggle today.