SynopsisThe war in Syria seems as impenetrable as a black box - the conflict began almost ten years ago and even today many people in the Western world have the feeling that they don't even understand who is actually fighting against whom.
What began with demonstrations for political reforms and became a revolution of the "Arab Spring" has long since become a conflict dominated by foreign powers: Iran and Russia on the side of the Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, but also Turkey, the USA, the Gulf States and Israel are pursuing their goals in Syria. The war has brought immeasurable suffering, especially to the civilian population. Over 12 million people have become refugees, hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. The film analyses the causes of the war: they lie within Syria in the "Assad system", which in its struggle for survival has turned the country into a battlefield on which regional and international conflicts are fought. By using chemical weapons against the rebelling Syrians, the Assad regime has crossed all red lines and triggered a spiral of unlimited violence.
Renowned international experts and actors such as the former US ambassador to Damascus, Robert Ford, the Turkish government advisor İbrahim Kalın, the commander of the armed Syrian opposition Salim Idris or Sam Dagher, author of the highly acclaimed “Assad or we burn the country”, vividly describe the stages of the conflict and make the motives behind this war clear. The Syrian core problem also becomes clear: the totalitarian dictatorship of a family clan. However the conflict in Syria develops, the West will be affected.