The Journalist and Her Jailers

The screening will be followed by a discussion with:

Luna Watfa, Syrian journalist, and protagonist of the movie
Moderator: Brigitte Herremans, Human Rights Centre, Belgium


About the film

Luna, a journalist and political prisoner, escaped from Syria to Koblenz, Germany. Members of the Syrian regime accused of crimes against humanity will stand trial here for the first time.

Two men, Anwar R. and Eyad A., allegedly tortured people who spoke out against Bashar Assad in Syrian prisons. Luna Watfa was in one of the cells at the time. She was jailed for 13 months for documenting war atrocities. She continues her journalism in exile in Germany, where she has never missed a day of the groundbreaking trial of her former guards. Luna tries to remain objective, even as the testimonies bring back painful memories. A former employee of the Damascus cemetery describes how he transported and buried bodies from mass graves. A military photographer again shows secret pictures of mutilated bodies that he documented for the regime. The film follows Luna's journey to understand what can be considered justice in this case.


The Journalist and Her Jailers

Original Title

The Journalist and Her Jailers

Original Language

Arabic, English, German


English, Czech


Czech premiere

Year of Production


Country of Origin



83 min.


Dictatorships, Justice, Middle East

Adithya Sambamurthy
Adithya Sambamurthy

The Journalist and Her Jailers