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Directed by Firas Fayyad
2017, Syria, 104 min
Arabic with English subtitles
A 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary and winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Firas Fayyad’s breathtaking work – a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage – follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives in ravaged Syria. The film incorporates moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty. The documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders – Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud – as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?