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Making Comedy on the Frontlines of Al...
Aleppo
By AmmarParis
14 Jun 2014

June 15, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

'Um Abdo Al Halabiyeh' ('Abdo's Mother, the Aleppine') is a Syrian Youtube sitcom filmed amidst the destruction and bombs of rebel held Aleppo by a local production company known as "Bukra Ahla" (Tomorrow is Beautiful). Launched in June 2014, the show pokes fun at the chaos that has become routine amidst Syria's brutal civil war. The characters in the show are all adults played by children and shows are often shot in ruined buildings, sometimes located on frontlines.

9 year old Rasha plays the main character, Um Abdo, an animated housewife who constantly pokes fun at the Syrian government and the opposition. Since rising to popularity during Ramadan 2014, both Rasha and the show have become Youtube sensations in Syria and the Arab world.

Um Abdo Al Halabiyeh is not the only show being shot in rebel held Aleppo. Another comedy, 'Mina Fi Syria' ('Forbidden in Syria'), is a show directed at adults and is being also being produced by Bukra Ahla. Regardless of their intended audiences, the shows are a satirical display of resilience in the face of death and deprivation.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Geirgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actors Matthew Macfadyen and Myanna Buring visit Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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British-Georgian film Epic is shootin...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

British producer Mike Downey and director Ben Hopkins shoot new film Epic in Georgia. The film is an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based production company 20 Steps Productions will shoot Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. Epic is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

The film is a co-production between London-based producers Film and Music Entertainment led by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, Daniel Zuta’s Frankfurt located Brandstorm Entertainment, Metra Films’ Artem Vassiliev in Moscow and Tbilisi’s 20 Steps owned by Vladimer Katcharava.

The list of international cast includes Matthew Macfadyen as Emil Forester, whose performance as Darcy opposite Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice is the stuff of cinematic legend. Opposite him plays the heroine of the latest Twilight – Breaking Dawn mega-franchise, Myanna Buring as love interest and heroine Tulpan. German actor Richard van Weyden takes centre stage playing himself and also the founder of the Karastani nation.

Epic is a gentle black comedy about a confused, washed up Academy Award winning British director Emil Forester, who is invited by a nascent state to make a national Epic in an obscure Caucasus Republic. When Emil Forester receives an invitation to the Embassy of the Autonomous Republic of Karastan in London to discuss his career and to receive an invitation for a retrospective of his films in ‘Karastan - Land of Inspiration’, little did he know that he would be embarking on one of the wildest journeys of his already diverse and colorful career.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoots Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.

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Famous British Actor Matthew Macfadye...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
12 Jan 2013

Famous British actor Matthew Macfadyen visits Georgia to participate in film Epic, an international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia.

As it is mentioned in official press release of the Georgian National Film Center, Tbilisi-based Production Company 20 Steps Productions shoot Epic – international co-production between the UK, Germany, Russia and Georgia. EPIC is supported by the British Film Institute (UK), the HessenInvestFilm fund (Germany), Metra (Russia), and the French-German cultural channel Arte, as well as the Georgian National Film Centre.