Last Men in Aleppo

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Last Men in Aleppo
Last Men in Aleppo poster.png
Film poster
Directed byFiras Fayyad
Produced byKareem Abeed
Soeren Steen Jespersen
Music byKarsten Fundal
CinematographyFadi Al Halabi (director of photography)
Thaer Mohammed
Hassan Kattan
Mujahed Abou Al Joud
Edited byMichael Bauer
Steen Johannessen
Distributed byGrasshopper Film (United States)
Release date
  • May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03)
Running time
104 minutes

Last Men in Aleppo (in Arabic آخر الرجال في حلب) is a 2017 documentary film about the Syrian Civil War. Written and directed by Feras Fayyad, produced by Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen, it documents the life in Aleppo during the war and particularly sheds light on the search-and-rescue missions of the internationally recognized White Helmets,[1] an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. The documentary highlights the lives of three White Helmets founders, Khaled Omar Harrah, Subhi Alhussen and Mahmoud as they grapple the dilemma to flee their country or stay and fight for it.

The film won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in 2017[2] and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.[3] After its theatrical run, it aired on the PBS series POV.


Government forces loyal to President Bashar al-Ásad initiate the military offensive to recover the city of Aleppo from the rebels, this triggers an humanitarian crisis in the city and its surroundings.[4] The film follows the day to day life of the White Helmets as they work to rescue survivors from the ruins of the city, also explores the debate between the humanitarian workers of leaving the city for good.[4]


  1. ^ Edelstein, David. "You Can't Look Away From Last Men in Aleppo". Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  2. ^ Lodge, Guy; Lodge, Guy (2017-02-04). "Film Review: 'Last Men in Aleppo'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  3. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (2018-01-23). "Oscars 2018: Shape of Water leads the way with bumper 13 nominations". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  4. ^ a b "El conflicto en Siria se mete en los Oscar con una película sobre los voluntarios de los Cascos Blancos". France 24 (in Spanish). 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2019-02-26.

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