With the Syrian civil war raging on the streets outside, a woman, Oum Yazan with her family and a neighboring couple are trapped inside an apartment in a building in Damascus. It is both a safe harbor and a prison; they take a risk by staying, but it is even more dangerous to leave. The door is bolted and we hear sniper shots outside the windows, but Oum keeps the family busy and carries on with the daily routines to keep panic at arm’s length. She awaits news from her husband, but he neither calls nor answers his phone. Then suddenly, Syrian government officials bang on the door and demand to see him.
INSYRIATED is an intense and suffocating chamber piece, a depiction of war from a different point of view – from within. We never see a machine gun or witness a bomb strike. We only hear and feel the terror happening on the outside – until it knocks on the door.