Last Men in Aleppo

The White Helmets are struggling to keep it together. Aleppo is close to collapsing, the last months of the city’s life, as we know it. People are constantly put their life at risk. How do they deal with their fear of death?

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Last Men in Aleppo

Last Men in Aleppo

                 

After 5 years of War in Syria the remaining 350.000 citizens of Aleppo are preparing themselves for a siege. Through the volunteers from The White Helmets we experience daily life, death and struggle in the streets of Aleppo.

Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud are founding members of The White Helmets and are the first to enter the destroyed buildings, scouring through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life. They have chosen to stay in Aleppo in order to save their people during the never ending siege.

A lot of lives including many small children and infants are lost during the bombings. But every day is also a dilemma and a conflict for the men – should they stay and risk death themselves or should they try and get out and save their own families like so many others?

The film is collaboration with Aleppo Media Center which contains an extraordinary story of real heroes in a massive human tragedy played out right in front of a numb international society

Sundance Grand Jury motivation:

“We didn’t have to debate. This extraordinary film lifted us and carried us and then dropped us into a place, unlike any other film. A wholly, accomplished work of art with powerful cinematography, a compelling narrative and heroes who reveal compassion, humanity and extraordinary bravery in increasingly impossible circumstances. This uncompromising film matches the fearless commitment of the filmmakers with the merciful courage of the fathers, brothers and friends who have become Syria’s first respondents.”

“Masterpiece” Nick Fraser / The Guardian

“Remarkable” Guy Lodge / Variety

“Speaks very loudly from the heart” Boyd van Hoeij / Hollywood Reporter

”Last Men in Aleppo is one of the most difficult documentaries you’ll see this year.” – The Guardian

Variety

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Director Feras Fayyad
Co-Director and Edited by Steen Johannessen
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen & Kareem Abeed
Produced by Larm Film & Aleppo Media Center in association with DR TV, SWR/ARTE, SVT, RTS, NRK, YLE, VPRO, TVE
Duration Feature & 60 min.
Year of Production 2017
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