Film Screening – Last Men in Aleppo

Tuesday 25 Arpil 2017, from 8h45 pm till 10h45 pm.
Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States.

The siege of Aleppo has been compared to that of Stalingrad, which is ironic under the circumstances. “Are those Russian planes flying overhead?” wonders one of the heroes of this urgent documentary. It’s not an idle question: as a member of the volunteer Syria Civil Defense, his job is to rescue victims should these particular planes unload bombs on the city. The film follows two rescuers, Khaled and Mahmoud, in their work over the course of a year. For them and for us, the action is existential, exhilarating, and deflating. Extracting children alive from rubble, only to find that their mother has died, is both a reality and a metaphor; Aleppo, the city they love, is dying. Though exquisitely realized, this film cannot have a happy ending. The humanity of its protagonists makes it essential viewing. It won a Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.—Judy Bloch.

In Arabic with English subtitles.

Cinema, Tuesday 25 Arpil 2017
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