Director Diana El Jeiroudi

Production year 2021

Length 183min.

Country Syria/Germany/France/Qatar/Italy


Twelve years in the making, Republic of Silence bears witness to a tragedy on an epic scale, accompanied by an ever-expanding mosaic of fragile, deeply embedded moments from Diana El Jeiroudi’s life, beginning with the memory from the age of seven when her father gives her a camera, right up to the present day. Sometimes the frame holds a definitive version of what is happening in the world around the filmmaker. And then it collapses. White letters emerge on a black screen to conjure her inner world in this cinematic memoir. A formal and orderly life in Berlin competes with a life in Damascus that is perforated by dictatorship and dismantled by wars and international political corruption. El Jeiroudi takes solace in cinema, music, the serenity of dreams, and the daily solidarity of a durable and abiding love story.


Honorable Mention, Goethe-Institute Documentary Film Prize | Leipzig DOK Festival, Germany, 2021


Diana El Jeiroudi
Diana El Jeiroudi



Orwa Nyrabia, Camille Laemle,Diana El Jeiroudi


Diana El Jeiroudi

Director of Photography

Sebastian Baeumler, Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia, Guevara Namer


Nathalie Vidal


Katja Dringenberg, Diana El Jeiroudi

Production company(ies)

No Nation Films

Diana El Jeiroudi

Diana El Jeiroudi is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and editor whose films encapsulate socio-political tensions and contradictions. She started as a filmmaker at age 25 and is best known for Republic Of Silence (La Biennale di Venezia 2021). Over the years, Diana El Jeiroudi has supported many careers in cinema and tutored talents through professional film workshops. She’s also a long-term supporter of narrative documentary cinema. Her efforts in supporting and advancing the documentary community and culture, notably through establishing DOX BOX in Syria as the most prominent documentary FF and campus in the region, and then as the Berlin-based documentary film support association, has earned her recognition. (EDN Award, The Katrin Cartlidge Award, The Heart of Sarajevo). Diana El Jeiroudi is a member of several film academies and professional networks and serves repeatedly on film funds committees and festivals juries, most notably the Cannes FF Golden Eye Documentary Award.


The Pot (short, 2005), Dolls: A Woman from Damascus (doc., 2007), Morning Fears, Night Chants (doc., 2013), Republic of Silence (doc., 2021).

FILMS 2022