The White Helmets

October 10, 202180/1003402 min
Year
2016
Director
Orlando von Einsiedel
Age
16+
Country
United Kingdom
Runtime
41
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Imdb
75%
Rotten Tomatoes
86%
vod-news
81%
Rating Summary
At one point in this film, a character looks up at the sky, expecting the inevitable sound of approaching bombs. It's a really poignant moment and encapsulates why this is such an important film to watch. For most of us, the reality is peace - for them, daily, it's war and incessant bombing. The White Helmets, the Syrian heroes who go in to save civilians, are given real heart in this short documentary. But their life of heroics is brutally brought to life by the footage they film themselves in Aleppo. It clearly shows us that what the White Helmets do is not just heroic but also necessary. A really important film to see for all those who are sick of the politics.

After five years of war, over 400,000 Syrians have been killed and millions more have fled their homes. Hundreds of bombs are dropped on hospitals and schools in rebel-held areas of Syria.In response to the attacks, the Syrian Civil Defense — also known as the White Helmets — are a group of volunteer rescue workers that rush in to try and save people amid the ruins as bombs continue to fall. Their motto: “To save a life is to save all of humanity.”

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