Amidst the popular uprising in Syria that began in 2011, a group of former Lebanese detainees of the Assad regime decides to break their long-held silence about the horrific years they spent imprisoned in Tadmor, Palmyra, one of the Syrian government's most dreaded prisons.
They testify publicly about the systematic torture and humiliation they experienced. And to reclaim and overcome this dark chapter in their lives, in TADMOR they recreate the prison in an abandoned school near Beirut. There, and by playing out the roles of both "victims" and "victimizers," they will relive their survival.
"The extraordinarily brave testimonial of a group of men trying to rediscover the part of humanity they lost within the walls of that prison, ... driven by one single force: survival ... A necessary and brave film." —Cineuropa
World Premiere, Special Mention of the Jury of the International Competition, 2016 Visions Du Réel
Winner, Political Film Award, 2016 Hamburg Film Festival
2016 Latinarab, Argentina
2016 Adana Film Festival, Turkey
2016 War On Screen, France
2016 Days of Cinema - Film Lab Palestine
2016 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic
2016 Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, Tunis
2016 Festival International du Film D'Histoire (Bernard-Landier Prize)
2016 Rencontres Internationales des Cinemas Arabes, France
2016 Human Rights Film Festival
"Film exists as testimony to the resistance of human beings, to draw it out of them. It's not a question of ideology, it's a question of fighting for humanity ... The subject matter itself of TADMOR is resistance." —Luciano Barisone, Director, Visions du Réel
"A surprising film that makes a strong impression." —film-documentaire.fr