Unorthodocs: The War Show

Mon 06 Feb 2017
£10.00 / £8.00 concessions

Concession price tickets apply to over 60s, teachers, tutors, disabled, students, 12-16 year olds and registered unwaged. You will need to bring relevant ID to verify your status. 

Screening Room
South Wing

The experiences of a Syrian DJ and her friends are documented after the Arab Spring of 2011 when the sad realities that follow envelop their hope for liberation.

This 2016 film recounts some of the personal stories from the Arab Spring in Syria and how the sense of optimism that followed the revolution were rapidly dissolved by violence, imprisonment, and death. The War Show won the Fedeora Award at Venice in 2016 for its 'political and social significance and urgency', the jury announcing it 'a film that each and every one of us should see'.

The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with some of those who worked on the film, line-up TBC.

Running Time 1 hour 40 mins. The film has no certificate but contains scenes that some viewers may find distressing and is advised to be for viewers aged 18+ .

“The War Show” is a well-chosen title ... the film is a heart-rending attempt to document what cannot be imagined."


Somerset House presents the fourth annual series of Unorthodocs; a programme of documentaries that have won awards and been screened at international festivals but have not been selected for broadcast on British television. The series is curated by Dartmouth Films, a film producer based at Somerset House and celebrates documentary at its most remarkable, innovative and provocative.