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Tea on the Axis of Evil
Tea on the Axis of Evil


Jean Marie Offenbacher


67 minutes

English & Arabic with English subtitles; DVD w/ French subtitles also available.
    WINNER: Noor Award for Outstanding Documentary
—San Francisco Arab Film Fest

WINNER: Special Mention Jury Award
—Salento International Film Fest

In 2003, the Bush Administration and the US media began referring to Syria and Iran in the same terms that had been used to justify the US invasion of Iraq. As a result, it was becoming ever more possible that attempts to destabilize Syria and Iran would have proceeded unopposed by a misinformed American public.

After hearing reports about the friendliness of the Syrian people that conflicted with what was being presented in the news, filmmaker Jean Marie Offenbacher decided that this contradiction deserved further exploration. She moved to Syria—alone—to record a portrait of life from all across the country, from the rural regions to the large urban centers and even to the halls of power in Damascus.

By presenting Syrians from all walks of life as they converse about their daily lives and discuss such topics as cultural tradition, globalism, religion and education—to name just a few—Tea on the Axis of Evil makes the moderate, genial voices of the Syrian people available for the rest of the world to hear.

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