Matthew VanDyke's powerful and heartbreaking 15-minute documentary Not Anymore: Story of a Revolution took home the Best Documentary award in front of a crowd of 500. The awards show included live musical performances from Soleil J and Billboard artist Sessino and featured outrageous costume designs by Natasha Berezhnaya.
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution is a documentary short film that tells the story of the Syrian struggle for freedom as experienced by a 32 year old rebel fighter, Mowya, and a 24 year old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film is a 15 minute documentary short about why the Syrian people are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been turned upside down and torn apart by war. Visit http://www.syrianrevolutionfilm.com for more information about the film.
In 2011 Matthew VanDyke was the subject of international press coverage when he fought against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in the Libyan revolution as an American freedom fighter and soldier in the rebel army. He was captured by Gaddafi’s forces and spent nearly 6 months as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, before escaping from Abu Salim prison and returning to combat until the end of the war. Not Anymore has been screened at nearly 100 film festivals in 15 countries and a DVD of the film was sent to every member of the US Congress. This is Matthew VanDyke’s first film.
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