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In National Geographic Documentary Films' Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger and his Emmy-winning producing partner, Nick Quested, chronicle Syria's descent into the unbridled chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State, better known as ISIS. Pulling from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly visceral footage - from that of a family living under ISIS control that finally fled to Turkey, to Kurdish fighters in Sinjar and Shia militias in Iraq and even to al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in and around Aleppo and Raqqa - Junger and Quested cover the ISIS catastrophe from multiple angles and feature interviews with top experts from around the world. Consequently, the filmmakers, who previously collaborated on a trio of films about the war in Afghanistan ("Restrepo," "The Last Patrol" and "Which Way is the Front Line From Here"), capture the Syrian war's harrowing carnage, political and social consequences, and, most important, its human toll, while painting an alarming picture of the west's role in the creation of ISIS. Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS will air globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages this spring.

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The 100-minute film does a phenomenal job detangling the numerous scenarios that led to Syria's civil war and current bloodbath, dispelling the notion that this conflict is too complicated for those not versed on the Middle East to understand.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

A mostly impressive array of experts ... adds to the merciless clarity of this tragic picture.

May 18, 2017 | Full Review…

"Hell on Earth" portrays the Syrian citizens, who live in a morass of civil war, with an emotional directness we can't turn away from, to the point that it's no longer possible to think of those citizens as "them." They are us, or could be.

April 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The film argues that the people of the world are all connected. While there are certainly disasters when one nation involves itself in the civil war of another nation, there are also disasters which result from nations standing aside, doing nothing.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Filled with the horrors of a war that is so sickening and brutal that it's hard to watch without grimacing.

December 4, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

By far the best documentary on Syria to date. It deserves the widest audience given the urgent need for solidarity with a people who have been killed or displaced for demanding freedom.

June 14, 2017 | Full Review…

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