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Last Men in Aleppo

FERAS FAYYAD, co-director STEEN JOHANNESSEN
Denmark, Syria, 2017
104 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Feras Fayyad

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

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JUSTICE MATTERS

Last Men in Aleppo

FERAS FAYYAD, co-director STEEN JOHANNESSEN
Denmark, Syria, 2017
104 minutes, Color
Official website

In Person: Director Feras Fayyad

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


Sunday, April 23
8:00 PM
$13.00 - Advance Sales - $14.00 at the theater
Tuesday, April 25
8:45 PM
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