Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.
Directed by Michael Brauner
Produced by Metafilm for ORF
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (VOICE-OVER)
Singing Instead of Shooting
Singen statt Schießen
What are a rabbi, an imam and a priest doing together? In Antakya, formerly known as Antioch, they are singing in a choir - under the leadership of a young Turkish conductor. The "Choir of the Civilisations" sees itself as a multicultural answer to the growing religious and ethnic tensions in the region. Today, Antakya, at one time the "cradle of Christianity", lies on one of the most dangerous borders in the world, that with Syria. There, the conflict between Sunnis, Alaouites and Christians has escalated into civil war. In the nearby Antakya these groups are continuing to live side by side in peace. Yet here too the tensions are increasing and the war in Syria is threatening to spill over into the entire region.
A fascinating documentary that looks at the current situation in Syria from a slightly different angle.