Forgiveness has died!! Maze of survivors

Forgiveness has died!! Maze of survivors A non-violent cultural intervention in the context of healing, which represents an approach to the Syrian disaster with opera book “Adriana Matre (Mother Adriana)” by the French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, by placing three young Syrians under a new human condition, It is the reading of the opera within their intimate personal experiences inside Syria at the time of disaster, all in France fall 2018 in three cities (Nancy, Toulouse and Paris).

Producer, Director, concept, editing: Ahmad ALHAJ
Mohammad ALI
Translation (Arabic to English) :
Mohammad SEDDIK







  • Non-violent cultural intervention in the context of healing
    Documentary, Research, Justice, Vengeance, Healing

    Reading Adriana matre opera at the present time calls to question what is happening in Syria since 2011, the atrocities and enormities that transcend the boundaries of humanity and extend to reach the level of radical and absolute evil, this can not be correct with the naive idea of forgiveness which is a political or legal consensus or Legislative or even religious, these atrocities come under the heading of what does not accept atonement, and what does not accept reparation for harm, what cannot be erased, incurable, irreversible, what is unforgettable, what cannot be canceled, and what exceed the final and the last.

    The aforementioned approach includes several concepts around which the film is centered: dictatorship, revolution, justice, forgiveness, revenge, recovery, reparations, personal narratives, knowledge of the truth.
    Consequently, the film seeks to discuss these concepts by dropping the questions of Adriana’s mother opera on the Syrians (survivors / victims):
    -The survivors feel that the social space through which their anger can be ventilated has been closed.
    -Disillusionment from the outcome of the conflict, who feel they have paid for it alone.
    -Victims look suspiciously at reconciliation and suspect that it is an excuse to ignore their suffering or a way to shorten the stages of justice.
    -(Tell the truth) allows victims to exchange information about the trauma that they have faced.
    -Experiences indicate that societies that have implemented the reconciliation process in a systematic way have better opportunities to avoid further painful conflicts. Reconciliation (recovery, compensation, justice and truth). Post-conflict justice works to heal wounds, repair private and public damage, and play a ritual role in the purge process.
    -“Forgiveness has died in the death camps”, a saying by French philosopher Vladimir Janklevich, which Jacques Derrida discusses, trying to dismantling the concept of forgiveness that died in the death camps (a metaphor for the Nazi Holocaust) in the Book of Forgiveness, I’m approaching this saying to Vladimir Janklievich in other words to Amin Maalouf: “We did not take revenge but we survived.” Drawing on the arguments of Jacques Derrida.

Why a non-violent intervention?

This stage aims to increase awareness of social injustice and to communicate the voice of the marginalized. In conflict situations, where power is not balanced and public awareness of issues is scarce, it is difficult to have some kind of negotiation or movement of powers.
In these cases, it is important to wage a non-violent conflict that develops individuals’ awareness of their potential and the obstacles surrounding them, as well as the prevailing social imbalances in their society, and this strategy, which some describe as negative, is a resolute to change an unfair situation and at the same time increases the understanding of the conflicting groups For their interconnectedness, the nonviolence strategy seeks to win support for change by raising awareness of local groups.