THE STORY WON’T DIE Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


USA Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director David Henry Gerson, producer Odessa Rae and subjects Bahila Hijazi and Medhat Aldaabal moderated by President of the African American Film Critics Association Gil Robertson.

In their homeland of Syria, artists are routinely tortured, kidnapped, imprisoned and killed. Living as refugees in Europe, the artists of THE STORY WON’T DIE find the opportunity to fully express themselves as they never could before. Through music, performance and visual arts, they share their stories, process their trauma and share the plight of Syria with the world. It is not easy, but the rappers, dancers, illustrators and graphic artists profiled in the film admirably navigate their daily realities in exile and find strength in each other, fueled with shared creative passions and hopes for a positive future of Syria. With their talents, they can speak truth to power, learn to heal, and find joy – something everyone deserves. –Eric Moore

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.

David Henry Gerson is a filmmaker whose work has won prizes from the Academy, Sundance, and been acquired into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY. He is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory, and his thesis, ALL THESE VOICES, won the Student Academy Award®.


Countries: USA, Germany, Denmark

Year: 2021

Director: David Henry Gerson

Producers: Odessa Rae, Abdalaziz Alhamza, Martin Marquet

Executive Producer: Katherine Embiricos LeFrak

Director of Photography: Luise Schröder

Editors: Christopher Robin Bell, David Henry Gerson

Music: Wael Alkak, Alaa Arsheed, Abu Hajar, Bahila Hijazi, Anas Maghrebi

Featuring: Medhat Aldaabal, Tammam Azzam, Diala Brisly, Abu Hajar, Bahila Hijazi, Omar Imam, Anas Magrhebi, Lynn Mayya, Mhd Sabboura (aka BBoy Shadow)

Running Time (minutes): 83

Languges: English, Arabic, Subtitled

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available