Saturday, February 10, 2018

Last Men in Aleppo (2017)

Director: Feras Fayyad. 104 min. Denmark/Syria. Documentary.

An extremely difficult film to watch. We hear of a city like Aleppo, and think it's entirely demolished with no soul living there. But no. People are living their lives, dealing with day-to-day wartime shortages, while the small group of White Helmets wait for the next Russia or Assad-delivered bomb to fall, to head out and pull live and dead children from under the rubble ... just like a regular job. Superheroes do exist, because you'll see a few of them here. I feel embarrassed that the only way I can recommend such a sad movie, is with a smiley face.

PS: Also nominated for a Best Documentary Feature Oscar, also available on Netflix.

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