Last Men in Aleppo

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Heartbreaking and hopeful, Last Men in Aleppo paints an urgent portrait of war-torn Syria, putting faces on an ongoing and complicated conflict.



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Winner of the Grand Jury Documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Fayyad and Danish co-director Johannessen's breathtaking work - a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage - follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards explosions in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders - Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud - as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee with their families or stay and fight for their country. A gripping portrait of extraordinary bravery, Last Men in Aleppo provides a stirring new perspective on a conflict reshaping our world.

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Critic Reviews for Last Men in Aleppo

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

  • [It] give(s) chilling context to the weight of how long these conflicts have raged.

    Jul 11, 2017 | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    Top Critic
  • A tightly focused, on-the-ground account of three men who serve in the White Helmets.

    May 18, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While "Last Men in Aleppo" could stand a trim here and there, it mostly uses its length to good and heart-rending effect ...

    May 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A cool, objective film critic could complain that Last Men in Aleppo becomes repetitious, but it's that repetition that eats into your mind and makes objectivity foolish.

    May 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Last Men balances the visceral and the melancholy.

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

    Top Critic
  • Last Men In Aleppo has the upsetting urgency of breaking news: There are moments that could have come straight from a live stream, given the violence that's still rocking Syria, months after Fayyad's cameras stopped rolling.

    May 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Last Men in Aleppo

  • Dec 05, 2018
    The sight of the wrecked city and those dead children is devastating enough to leave us shaken, and the film, despite a certain questionable preciosity, almost makes us feel like we are there next to those men risking their own lives to rescue people from under the rubble.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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