Lina Sinjab is an independent filmmaker and a BBC Middle East correspondent based in Beirut. She also contributes to several international media outlets and is a frequent contributor to Syria From Within, a Chatham House policy initiative. Lina has covered the Syrian uprising extensively since it began in 2011. In 2019, she produced and directed a film on the siege of Aleppo, “Madness in Aleppo.” In 2014 and 2016, Lina covered the Syria peace talks in Geneva as the BBC’s world affairs reporter. In 2013, she directed “Suryyat,” a film about Syrian women during the time of the uprising. In May 2013, Lina won the International Media Cutting Edge Award for her coverage of Syria.
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Roula Roukbi is among the few Damascus socialites who created an alternative space for art, culture, and some politics in the city. She excelled at living as if Syria was a free country, and in many respects, her hotel came to embody a microcosm of what freedom might one day look like.