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3.5
53 Ratings

Last Men in Aleppo

De sidste mænd i Aleppo

Denmark, Syrian Arab Republic, 2017
Documentary

Synopsis

After five years of war in Syria, Aleppo’s remaining residents prepare themselves for a siege. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud, founding members of The White Helmets, have remained in the city to help their fellow citizens-and experience daily life, death, struggle and triumph in a city under fire.

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Last Men in Aleppo Directed by Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature

Sundance Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema - Documentary)

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Documentary

CPH-DOX

2017

This is an essential film, but it is also a terribly dispiriting one. We all navigate challenges and endure loss, but “Last Men in Aleppo” is likely to make you almost ashamed of your comforts and leave you with a feeling of impotence. I suspect it’s the filmmakers’ wish that once those initial feelings ebb, moviegoers will ask what they can do to help. This picture doesn’t offer hope; its aim is to compel us to create some.
May 02, 2017
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Highlighting moments of visual poetry may seem at first like a misstep: Who has time for aesthetics when people are literally dying in front of the lens? But it actually adds to the horror. The film has plenty of unflinching truth and emotion and outrage, and it ends with a gut punch. It’s the subtly unreal quality of what we’re seeing throughout, however, that truly highlights the obscenity of war.
May 02, 2017
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The film moves with urgency in the thick of the immediate aftermath of bombings and one staggering missile attack, but it’s more broadly concerned with portraying Aleppo as a community of neighbors and colleagues. Fayyad keenly gets at the gravity of Khaled and Mahmoud’s attachment to their home.
May 02, 2017
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