As the documentary progresses, we are introduced to several children who have been impacted by the war in different ways. There is Hamoudé, a young boy who has been forced to take on the responsibilities of a grown man. With his father in jail, Hamoudé is the breadwinner of his family and works at a garage to support his mother and two younger siblings. Despite his young age, Hamoudé has had to grow up fast and take on responsibilities that no child should ever have to bear.
We also meet Nour, a young girl who has been forced to flee her home with her family due to the ongoing conflict. Nour dreams of one day returning home and being reunited with her friends and the life she once knew. She struggles to come to terms with the trauma she has experienced and the uncertainty of her future.
Throughout the documentary, we are reminded of the immense human and economic toll that the conflict has taken on Syria. The children of Idlib province are struggling to survive in the midst of a global pandemic, and many have been forced to abandon their education and take on dangerous and laborious work just to make ends meet.
Despite the overwhelming challenges they face, the children of Idlib province are resilient and determined to persevere. They dream of a future where they can live in peace and pursue their hopes and ambitions. However, the reality is that their childhoods have been lost to the violence and trauma of war, and the road to recovery will be long and arduous.
“Lost Childhood” is a powerful and deeply moving documentary that offers a rare glimpse into the lives of those who have been impacted by the ongoing conflict in Syria. It is a reminder of the immense resilience and strength of the human spirit and the importance of never giving up hope in the face of unimaginable adversity. The documentary is a call to action for the international community to do more to support the children and families affected by the crisis in Syria and work towards a brighter and more peaceful future for all.
The film was created in collaboration with the AMC team, including Yaman Khatib and Fadi Al-Halabi, who contributed to the filming process and shared the directing duties with Suzanne Allan