In 1937 Max Mallowan, Agatha Christie’s husband, was digging the Tell Brak site in Syria. He unearthed the ‘Eye Temple’ from 3300 BC, full of hundreds of small, simply carved figurines with large eyes but no mouths.
In 2011 Bassel was a successful open source developer and hacker in Damascus. Paolo was a well-known priest based in Mar Musa monastery. Both active in the revolution in 2011, they were witnesses to crimes and aggression before they were forcibly disappeared. Today, Noura, Bassel's wife and human rights lawyer, and Machi, Paolo's sister, search for answers.
Ayouni (My Eyes, My World) follows two high profile figures of the Syrian revolution and asks how do you rebuild a country when its civil society has been disappeared, killed and scattered across continents?
Like archaeologists we are left to dig through the dirt and find the fragments of truth.