A disgruntled genie appears at a garbage dump in rebel-held Aleppo, in an episode of “Banned in Syria.”
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The scope of Syria's vibrant television series industry, whose premiere viewing period takes place every Ramadan, has largely shrunk to the city of Damascus or next-door Lebanon in its fourth season of filming during the country's armed conflict.A partnership based in Gaziantep, Turkey – Better Tomorrow Productions as executive producer and Lamba Productions as the producer – is offering two short series for Ramadan.Banned in Syria, meanwhile, is a comedy sketch show in the tradition of the multi-year show "Spotlight," which is also running this year.Hadad cited several reasons for the project, such as generating job opportunities for people in the devastated city, and the need to depict life there.He is adamant that the only way a proper "opposition" series can be made is by filming inside the country. Even the graphics of the show mimic "Spotlight," and at times the humor of "Banned in Syria" mirrors the kind of sharp but general cynicism of the production in the regime-supervised sphere.The series is being broadcast on two satellite stations and focuses on criticizing aspects of the popular uprising, and specifically the opposition groups that have dominated the scene.
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