Noura and Machi search for answers about their loved ones–Bassel Safadi and Paolo Dall’Oglio, who are among the over 100,000 forcibly disappeared in Syria.
Since the conflict began in 2011, 100,000 people have been forcibly disappeared in Syria, the vast majority by a regime which is still in power.
Finding the personal reality in the face of such an overwhelming statistic, director Yasmin Fedda follows Noura and Machi as they search for their missing loved ones – internet activist Bassel Safadi and priest Paolo Dall’Oglio. With immense courage, they search for the answers they both need and dread. ‘Ayouni’ is a deeply resonant Arabic term of endearment – meaning ‘my eyes’ and understood as ‘my love’.
Filmed over 6 years and across multiple countries, Ayouni is an attempt to give numbers faces, to give silence a voice, and to make the invisible undeniably visible.