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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? 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.
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards 2018 Nominated for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year 2018 - CINEMA FOR PEACE Robert Award for Best Documentary 2018 Ondas Award for International Television 2017 Most Innovative Documentary Critics Choice Documentary Award 2017 Best Documentary Asia Pacific Screen Award 2017 Winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, 2017
Cast and Crew
Director Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen (co-director)
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed, Stefan Kloos
Screenwriter Feras Fayyad
Director of Photography Mujahed Abou Al Joud, Fadi Al Halabi, Hassan Kattan , Thaer Mohamad