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Abortion of the Soul
Abortion of the Soul


Bahraa Hijazi


32 minutes

Produced by:
Bahraa Hijazi

Written by:
Bahraa Hijazi

Edited by:
Mohammad Hijazi

Arabic with English subtitles

Taken by the story of a friend who went through a painful abortion experience, filmmaker Bahraa Hijazi examines the taboo world of reproductive rights in Syrian society. Through dramatic interviews, she documents the stories of young Syrian women struggling through shame, social isolation, and depression as they try to exert control over their own bodies and lives. Hijazi, then weaves in stories of young males facing torture and humiliation by the Syrian government during the Syrian uprising and the post-traumatic stress faced by many who are waging the fight for a more representative society. What transpires is a call to arms for a revolution of the soul in modern Syria. Without a formal charge, Bahraa was arrested in Damascus at her university on 2nd February 2012 and held for 53 days. Many suspect that it is partly due to the controversial topic of her accomplished documentary.

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