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We are so pleased to announce the Official Selection of « The Oath of Cyriac » at the XIII Edition of the AQUILEIA Film Festival – International review of archaeological cinema. The film will be screened on Friday July 29, 2022 at 9 p.m. Piazza Capitolo, Aquileia, Italy.

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The true story of

Ordinary people trying to save a millennia-old heritage

The trailer

THE CHARACTERS

ARCHAEOLOGY ON THE FRONT LINE

Dr MAAMOUN ABDULKARIM

General Director (DGAM)

DESBINA BASLAN

Museum Curator (Aleppo)

MUHAMMAD BASHIR SHABANI

Museum Director (Aleppo)

"04.10.2012"

"This marks the beginning of the crisis in Aleppo and around the museum. It was all new to us and we weren't sure whether we should fear for ourselves or for the priceless treasures of the museum. Terror, fear, wounded everywhere. I cannot describe my feelings on this terrible day."

KHALED AL MASRI
Director of the department of Antiquities

"NEVER COME AGAIN"

"When the violence escalated, coming to the museum became difficult. I remember crossing the street once and a bullet flew right past my ear, it was my first near death experience. But I tried never to miss a day of work because I felt that if I don't come someday, I will never come back."

RAHAF HAMWI
Museum Curator National Museum of Aleppo

"RACE AGAINST TIME"

"I wondered if the people working in a museum, including me, had the means to protect these objects? Knowing that the museum is located on the front line, here is our main concern: How to protect the objects? how to handle this situation? where to hide them? So many questions, so much fear."

AHMAD OTHMAN
Main Curator National Museum of Aleppo

"WHY DID I STAY?"

"I wanted to stay with the artifacts, to protect them, to preserve the heritage of our ancestors, to preserve history. Maybe alone I can't do anything, and even 2, 3 or 5 people can't do anything but we tried and that was a common thread that we all shared here at the museum."

NAWROUZ TOBAL HAMO
Museum Curator National Museum of Aleppo

"WE WERE AFRAID"

"At the end of 2011, we felt the danger hovering over the Syrian museum, and we started to think: is it going to happen in Syria, what happened in Iraq, at the Baghdad museum in 2003? We were very scared and started to think about the possibility of this happening in Syrian museums."

Dr AHMAD DEEB
Director of Museum Affairs (DGAM)
The original soundtrack

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THE "HERITAGE" TRILOGY

DISCOVER THE FIRST OPUS OF THE TRILOGY