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Step by Step (Khutwa Khutwa)

Ossama Mohammed

Ossama Mohammed |Syria |1978 |22’ |B&W |English subtitles

Each day children trudge the muddied village paths to go to school, but as Step by Step makes painfully clear, their only real escape from crushing poverty is to join the army.
A frightening, captivating and insightful portrait of how the Baath regime transformed generations of peasants into citizen-soldiers and sent the poor in droves to provincial cities as migrant laborers.