‘The Pianist of Yarmouk’ follows the story of Ahmad as he orientates both himself and his family in the world of Syria during the Civil War. The story is told with an air of warmth, humanity and most surprisingly of hope, as Ahmad’s life is torn apart just as he begins it with his wife. For Ahmad, music transcends the sense of hopelessness which descends on his life, both on its ability to tell the stories of this who had been impacted by the revolution and, like all great art, in its ability to inspire and crate beauty, a beauty which neither ISIS nor Assad would ever understand.
Ahmad charts his life from childhood and his relationship with his blind father, to adolescence where he begins to develop an affinity (and sense of diffidence) with music, to adulthood where music turns from a vocation to saving him and his family. Ahmad doesn’t choose to espouse any political views or attempt to understand or explain the events which create the war. Instead his just attempts to tell his own story, of a normal man caught up extraordinary circumstances and who finds salvation in his love for music.