In 2010, the director Afraa Batous and a group of young people in Aleppo worked on the text The Hamlet Machine (1977) by East-German writer Heiner Müller. In his play, Müller imagines the end of oppression – a revolution that also leads to destruction. Only one year later, the revolution in Syria breaks out. The remarkable similarity between The Hamlet Machine and the events in Syria after 2011 motivated Afraa to go back and see how her previous colleagues were dealing with the fact that the life they had depicted in the play had now become reality. The result is the film Skin – an intimate portrait of the different paths Batous’ friends from Aleppo took after 2011.
In collaboration with Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient.
Lisa Jöris holds degrees in political science and Arabic language studies. She is currently working on a research project at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient about how urban infrastructure in Aleppo shaped everyday life and social encounters before 2011. The disruption caused by the revolution is very present in her research.
Afraa Batous was born in Aleppo, Syria. She graduated in English Literature in 2008 and is currently doing her Masters in film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Previously, she also worked for five years in theater in Aleppo.