Winner of over 100 awards - Screened in more than 200 film festivals around the world - Watched by millions on television
"Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" is a 15 minute documentary short film that tells the story of the Syrian Revolution as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war.
This is director Matthew VanDyke's first film. VanDyke traveled in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia by motorcycle from 2007-2010, filming his experiences (his life story is told in the new film "Point and Shoot" which will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2014). In 2011, VanDyke joined the uprising against Gaddafi in Libya, fighting with rebel forces in the Libyan Civil War. During the war he was captured by Gaddafi's forces and spent nearly six months as a prisoner of war in two of Libya's most notorious prisons. He escaped prison with the help of other prisoners and returned to combat on the front lines until the war was won. After returning to the USA after the war, VanDyke wanted to help the revolution in Syria. He made "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" to show the world who the Syrian revolutionaries are and why they fight the Assad regime. He spent all the money he had, approximately $30,000, to make the film. VanDyke and Nour Kelze faced many dangers while filming in 2012, including snipers, aircraft, artillery, and the risk of kidnapping. While they were filming in Aleppo, Syria the Syrian government broadcast on State TV channels that VanDyke was a terrorist, greatly increasing the risks of filming in Syria. They continued filming, however, and VanDyke released "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" in 2013. The film has had phenomenal success, winning 33 awards and screening at over 100 film festivals around the world.