Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  103 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Arabic / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
You might also be interested in...


New to Docuseek2? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

Eight former detainees recall the years spent being tortured in Syria's notorious Tadmor Prison.


Amidst the popular uprising in Syria that begin 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 dreadful prisons.

'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

'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 Reel

'A surprising film that makes a strong impression.' - film-documentaire.fr


** World Premiere, Special Mention of the Jury of the International Competition, 2016 Visions Du Reel
** 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 Journees Cinematographiques 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


Main credits

Borgmann, Monika (film director)
Borgmann, Monika (film producer)
Slim, Lokman (film director)
Avril, Philippe (film producer)
Bussmann, Gabriela (film producer)

Other credits

Original music, Pierre Jodlowski; director of photography, Tala Khoury; editing, Olivier Zuchuat.

Distributor credits

A film by Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim

Docuseek2 subjects

Criminal Justice, Law and Legal Studies
Human Rights
Middle East and North Africa
Politics and Political Science
Middle East Studies

Distributor subjects

Criminal Justice
Human Rights
Middle East


; "Tadmor"; Icarus Films; Syria; Lebanon; Bashar al-Assad; Palmyra; prison; torture; Middle East; justice;

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!