Activist and independent journalist Hadi al-Abdullah has launched a new documentary series highlighting little-known civil society projects in rebel-held areas of Syria. While atrocities like Russia’s bombing of a Red Crescent humanitarian convoy or the latest grisly Islamic State execution video dominates news coverage of the Syrian civil war, the comparatively mundane but absolutely vital revolutionary work of developing democratic institutions, practices, and political culture at the grassroots level goes largely unnoticed and therefore unsupported.

‘Be ashamed of your beard, we swear by the revolution that you will regret’ — sign from a June 9, 2016 anti-Al Qaeda protest in Marrat al-Numan, Idlib

The Factory of Hope series is an effort to show concretely that the people’s revolution has not been hijacked and destroyed by jihadists like Al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (JFS, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra). Factory of Hope is also an appeal for international and internationalist support with English, Spanish, French, and German translations. As new episodes are released, they will be compiled here in this post.