Yazan Rabee (1994) was born in Syria and fled to the Netherlands in 2016, with the singular goal to become a filmmaker. He had no plan B. Six years later he graduated from film school and went on to release two short films nearly simultaneously: fiction short Beyond the Sun, about the brainwashing program of the Syrian regime, and BACK, an introspective documentary about a recurring nightmare shared by many Syrians who have fled their homeland. In his work, which spans the range from fiction to documentary and often intertwines the two, he chooses to focus on mentally and socially damaged persons, often drawing from his own memories and dreams.
BACK (2022) – Short documentary about a recurring nightmare shared by many Syrians who have fled their homeland. – Official selection Netherlands Film Festival 2022, Official selection Berlinale Shorts Competition 2023
Beyond the Sun (2022) – Short fiction film about the torture and brainwashing programme of the Syrian regime. – Official selection Netherlands Film Festival 2022