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Humam Husari (Syrian)

Filmed in February - March 2018, Syria

Coverage of the siege of Ghouta

Commissioned and broadcast by ITV News

Humam's series of news reports document the tragic toll on ordinary citizens caught in the fighting between rebels and government forces in eastern Ghouta. Humam lived under siege in Ghouta for almost five years, venturing out to cover the conflict whenever he could safely do so. During that time he gathered footage for a variety of stories, including that of Omar who had been separated from his mother after his father was killed. Although Omar was later reunited with his mother, the family was forced to remain living underground. Humam's entry also includes a video diary, shot on a camera phone, showing what conditions were like for those driven underground during the heavy shelling.

Watch all Humam's reports here

After studying at Brighton Film School in 2009, Humam returned to Syria to work as a cinema and TV director. When civil war broke out in early 2011, he began to film the protest movements. Over the following years he documented the reality of life for ordinary Syrians caught up in the conflict, often relying on the most basic equipment.  In December 2012 Humam was smuggled into Douma, the capital of rebel-held Damascus, where he lived under siege for over five years. In 2013 Humam provided the first independent footage of a chemical weapons attack in Zamalka. His work has been broadcast by ITV News, Profil, ZDF and NBC.

Judges Comments

“It’s striking that when we think of the conflict in Syria, we think of the plumes of smoke, the air raids, what's above ground. In Humam’s work you get a sense of the hidden story that none of us really knew about - the tunnels and what it's like to live underground, the only place people could take shelter. Despite the chaos around him, Humam managed to find characters that he revisited in later pieces. That’s difficult to do, especially in these circumstances. In doing so, he put a human face to the conflict."