The Art of Moving

Liliana Marinho de Sousa
2016 | 89 minutes
Country of Production: Germany
Country Featured: Turkey
NY Premiere | Director in Attendance

Can the Syrian creators of Daya Al-Taseh, a satirical daily web series that mocks ISIS recruitment videos, maintain their creative output while their world crumbles? In the face of violent threats, political upheaval, and ramped-up economic pressures, this young group of comedian-activists move from country to country struggling to keep their show—and themselves—alive and safe.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany New York and Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University

With generous support provided by German Films


Resilience in Motion | In Their Own Words

“How is resilience reflected in The Art Of Moving? I think there are a lot of resilience factors reflected in the film. All members of Daya Al-Taseh mentioned their friendship and the support they gained within the group as very important factors to continue their work. Humor was a substantial factor as well, not only when dealing with the content of their satirical work but also when dealing with each other and the problems they faced. They used to make a lot of jokes and to laugh a lot in their daily lives. All in all, the group managed to develop strategies in dealing with all kind of challenges and was very aware of the risks they were taking. I was really impressed by their pragmatic idealism, their problem-solving abilities and ambition. They often discussed how to solve problems, which risks to take and which concrete steps to take to move toward their goals. When I met Daya Al-Taseh, they were already quite well known in the international media. They achieved a large supporting network and were able to ask for help if something occurred that endangered their work. Their belief in the success and importance of their work also encouraged them to continue. Furthermore, the group wasn't just dependent on the income they gained from the series, which they produced. They earned some money from other media work and had different jobs, to have a sufficient cash flow. Another important factor was their ability to self-reflect. Whenever they felt exhausted, they were able to take a break from work for a few days – I think they tried to keep some kind of life-work balance, even when facing unexpected challenges.”

– Liliana Dulce Marinho de Sousa | Director, The Art of Moving