THE WHITE HEL­METS

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NET­FLIX / OUT NOW / CERT 12 / 42 MINS DIREC­TOR Or­lando von Ein­siedel CAST Khalid Farah, Mo­hammed Fareh, Abu Omar

AIR STRIKES, FRAN­TIC on-site clam­our­ing and com­pas­sion­ate re­flec­tion form the sound­track to this short, slightly hap­haz­ard yet hard-hit­ting documentary that re­veals the hu­man­i­tar­ian aid ad­min­is­tered by The White Hel­mets, a vol­un­teer res­cue force of 2,900 civil­ians who bring unerring courage to their work amid the rub­ble of war-torn Syria. Von Ein­siedel tells their tale via three men who’ve sur­ren­dered their liveli­hoods to work in Aleppo, dig­ging, fire-fight­ing and fac­ing death on a daily ba­sis. Fea­tur­ing un­flinch­ing footage shot by The White Hel­mets (named af­ter their head­gear) as they work the ru­ins, their story of 58,000 lives saved burns as a bea­con of hope in a land wracked by de­spair.

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