Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: Last Men in Aleppo

Movie: Last Men in Aleppo

This documentary from the PBS POV series follows the White Helmets, a group of Syrian volunteers who rescue people and recover bodies from bombed buildings. I've followed the conflict in Syria in the news, of course, but this look at it from the inside was fascinating and made it much more real to me. This is pretty grim and violent, obviously - they do not shy away from showing dead bodies and other awful things - but it's definitely worth watching if you can handle it, and the violence is mingled with the heroism of these men and moments of humor and normal life as they play with their kids and attend weddings and try to figure out what to tell their parents about what they're doing.

Availability: Streaming on Netflix. Also available to rent or buy.

Nominated In:
Documentary (Feature): Absolutely. This was a compelling and very informative look at one of the worst conflicts going on in the world right now.

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