Starting with Fragments

A Film by Omar Shalash
and Robert Dobe


When Tamer Alawam was killed by a grenade in 2012, he left over 300 hours of film footage of the Syrian Revolution – images, which were meant to show Syria from inside. Overwhelmed by the flood of these images and driven by feelings of grief, responsibility and powerlessness, two young filmmakers and friends of Tamer in far away Germany start their own search for answers.
While one of them meets with Tamer’s companions to find out more about the motivations of his friend, the other begins collecting reactions in German society towards the war in Syria. A documentary about humanity, responsibility and the difficulties of finding the right way of action.


  • Picture of Omar Shalash © Yvonne Most

    Omar Shalash

    Omar Shalash is a Palestinian filmmaker and film music composer, who lives in Germany. His close friendship to Tamer Alawam enabled him to gain new insights into the Arab world, especially Syria – a country, which Omar has never been allowed to visit. Together, the Palestinian and the Syrian realized several film- and theatre projects. At the beginning of the Syrian Revolution in 2011, the two of them distributed news footage from Syria to international TV stations. In his debut film Starting with Fragments, Omar tries to cope with his grief as well as to reconstruct the fate of Tamer.

  • Picture of Robert Dobe © Felix Abraham

    Robert Dobe

    During his media studies, Robert Dobe analyzed the relation of war and media. He knew Tamer Alawam only briefly, but was moved by the flood of images Tamer had left behind. Driven by feelings of powerlessness, he tried to find answers to the question, what we can do with our knowledge of worldwide violence and war. Starting with Fragments is his film debut, in addition to which he produces radio documentaries. Robert Dobe lives and works in Berlin.

Awards + Festivals

  • 22nd ICARO - FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE EN CENTROAMÉRICA (Official Selection, Guatemal, Guatemala)November 10, 2019
  • 21st MADURAI INT'L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Madurai, India)December 6, 2019
  • PELOPONNISOS INT'L DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, Greece)January 26, 2020
  • 8th CHENNAI INT'L DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)February 19, 2020
  • 1st INTERCONTINENTAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 29, 2020
  • 10th FILUMS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan)September 4, 2020


Omar Shalash, Robert Dobe
Robert Dobe
Uwe Nadler, Dorit Jeßner
Director of Photography
Uwe Nadler
Hans Bauer
Janine Dauterich
Sound Design
Edward Sikorski
Omar Shalash


Claudia Ruff
Carolin Emcke
Wolfgang Kaleck
Jan Heilig
Philipp Ruch
Jessica Zeitler
Jassir Mandil


Running Time
80:45 min
Shooting Format
Digital 2K / 4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


ravir film GbR
Uwe Nadler
Heinrich-Cotta-Straße 5
01324 Dresden, Germany


Omar Shalash

Robert Dobe