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Last Men in Aleppo

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.

  • It’s hard to assess whether news will again overtake Last Men In Aleppo, or whether it will rest as the final commentary on the pounded city, but whatever the outcome, the work of Fayyad and his dedicated team stands as a testament to what Syria, and the world, has lost through this conflict.

  • The film follows the White Helmets during the last months of that bombed-out city’s existence, as they go about their heroic task of scanning the skies for Russian and Syrian bombers, racing in jury-rigged trucks to newly collapsed buildings, and digging through the rubble to pull out the few living and many dead... They are some of the most amazing people you will ever see on the screen.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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