The documentary film “Last Men in Aleppo” by the Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival under the official selection of “World Cinema”. The film captures what remains of life in Aleppo after five years of war through the volunteers of the “White Helmets”. It follows the lives of the three founding members, Mahmoud, Khalid and Subh, who 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?
It is worth noting that this award is the second for Syrian cinema at Sundance, as the film “Return to Homs” by Talal Derki received the same award in 2014 and it was the first Syrian film to participate at Sundance in the history of the Festival.
“Last Men in Aleppo” is a Danish production and a grantee of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC for Documentary Film in 2016. It is a collaboration with Aleppo Media Center and is co-directed by Steen Johannessen.
Watch the film trailer here