Director of Syria's second silent feature film, Ismail Anzour in 1932

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Ismail Anzour (1903-1981) studied filmmaking in Vienna and returned to Syria to work on Syria's second silent feature film, "Under the Skies of Damascus." The film was banned by French censors, because of its boldness, fearing that it would arouse anger in conservative Damascus. The pretext for its ban was copyright infringement of its musical score. In the mid-1940s, Anzour joined the Syrian Army, making documentaries for recruitment of young cadets, military operations, and other army-related events.