Sydney Film Festival preview: director Firas Fayyad on ‘Last Men in Aleppo’

firas fayyad interview last men in aleppo
“My rules now are responsible rules, because a lot of voices call me in my ears and in my head. You have to tell what’s going on, what you saw. You are responsible. And I want to share my responsibility with everyone in this film. Everyone who watches this movie is witnesses to this crime.”
– Firas Fayyad, Syrian filmmaker

 

There are fearless filmmakers – and then there’s Syrian documentarian Firas Fayyad.

The director spent over a year in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo to tell the story of The White Helmets, a group of civilian volunteers who are first respondents to incessant bombings by the Russian backed Assad regime, risking their lives to pull the injured and dead from the rubble.

His film Last Men in Aleppo, which took out the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in the documentary category, is a moving examination of the human cost of violent conflict, giving a face to the plight of the Syrian people.

The documentary mainly follows two members of the White Helmets, Khaled and Mahmoud, and the day to day risks of staying in Aleppo.

Coming Attractions spoke to Firas about his film Last Men in Aleppo, which took out the Grand Jury prize at Sundance this year.

The film will debut in Australia at 2017’s Sydney Film Festival.

SCREENINGS:

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 9.30 AM @ STATE THEATRE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 6.30PM @ EVENT CINEMAS, GEORGE STREET

 

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