Cries From Syria (2017)

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A strikingly intense portrayal of a dire situation, Cries from Syria serves as a potent record of the events that have transpired there since 2011. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Syrians were hopeful they could end their country's 40-year reign of brutal dictatorship. Instead, their efforts yielded horrific consequences as the government swiftly punished those in opposition, demonstrating their ruthlessness by targeting and torturing children. As peaceful protests were held, the government retaliated with extreme force, resulting in a full-blown civil war. From cutting off the food supply to the use of chemical weapons and targeted airstrikes on hospitals and schools, those fighting for freedom have endured a grave humanitarian crisis. Incorporating gripping firsthand accounts from activists, child protesters, and a former army general who joined the uprising, director Evgeny Afineevsky has created a powerful and immediate depiction of the recent and current situation in Syria. This compelling documentary bears witness to the resiliency of the people in the wake of their exposure to unthinkable crimes against humanity.

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If the idea of cozying up to Russia strikes you as harmless, or all those Syrian refugees are too far away to seem real, the HBO documentary Cries From Syria is something you ought to watch.

Mar 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It provides historical context, tracking the conflict from the Arab Spring to the confrontations between resistance groups and President Bashar al-Assad's army, all leading to the massive exodus of refugees.

Mar 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Cries From Syria is an eloquent, agitating and profoundly moving chronicle of that war and its participants.

Mar 10, 2017 | Full Review…

It should be required viewing for everyone in a position of power worldwide, especially those who would choose to enable genocide and stigmatize those who flee it.

Mar 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film's gut-punch immediacy comes from the astounding visuals caught by participants on digital cameras and cellphones, including shocking images of Assad's torturers at work.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Harrowing footage of innocent Syrians fleeing their native land and their grueling journey to find a new home proves the undeniable need for global compassion.

Mar 2, 2017 | Full Review…

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This was a challenging movie for me to watch. I had to pause several times to compose myself. As heartbreaking as it is to watch... I feel it is necessary to watch.

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