CPH:DOX 2017 Dox Award
Full Frame DFF 2017 Best Documentary

“That mother@#$%er Bashar has us watching the sky constantly,” says plain-speaking father of two, Khaled, early into this frontline study of three reluctant heroes.

Khaled, Mahmoud and Subhi, all volunteers of the White Helmets Syrian Civil Defence, rescue neighbours in war-torn, besieged Aleppo. Fayyad captures the unbroken cycle of waiting and devastation that characterises Syria’s asymmetrical war. When a young boy quizzes Mahmoud about being saved, his rescuer responds: “You’re a flower and you must see life.” At times claustrophobic and tragic, this film is nonetheless leavened by its searing grace. It stands testimony to the humility and determination of the people of Aleppo.

Cape Town
V&A
Sun 4, 5pm + Q&A
Wed 7, 8.45pm
Sat 10, 8.30pm
Johannesburg
Bioscope
Tues 6, 7pm
Director(s):
Firas Fayyad
Country:
Denmark / Syria
Year:
2017
Duration:
90 minutes
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