My experience of Journeyman is that they produce material that is of high-quality and independent-minded. For example, they produced two documentaries on post-Ghadafi Libya, one about the problems of political division and reconciliation, and a second about the displaced people of Tawergha both of which were honest, sensitive to all sides, and critical of the National Transition Council government.
The reporter on this film is Yaara Bou Malhem, who I believe is quite well-known in Australia. What is interesting about this documentary is the picture it gives of the limited resources that the main FSA units are working with and some insight into the command structure of at least this part of the FSA. This was the “original” FSA force and is the only one that I have seen with something like a clear command structure. The FSA’s founder, Colonel Riad al-Assad, chooses to base himself in Turkey close to the front line (unlike other defecting figures who have opted for more comfortable places of exile) and has regularly proved himself independent of the Syrian National Council and its efforts to foist its authority on the FSA fighters. He described the SNC as “opportunists who want to ride over our revolution and trade with the blood of our martyrs.” There seems to have been a significant growth in the number of fighting units recently, as civilian oppositionists have taken up arms in response to the regime’s militarisation of its repression and brutal massacres by the its paramilitary gangs. But much of this has overflowed the framework of the FSA, fragmenting the structure of the military opposition still further.
Brian Slocums is a retired social scientist and was a militant in the Canadian and British Trotskyist movement over many years. He is now politically unaffiliated but retains a firm commitment to socialist values, while accepting the need to rethink the means through which they can best be realized.