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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The White Helmets (2016)

Day two included this movie, which while short, really packs a punch.  It is about a group of volunteers in Syria who actively seek out places that have been bombed, and help to dig people who are trapped or dead within the building to get out.  They take them to their families, to places for the dead, and to what little medical help there is still available in Aleppo.  The White Helmets are found throughout Syria, but the documentary focuses on the team in Aleppo.  The thing that I love about this movie is the way these men are trying to make something good out of a really terrible situation.  They are men of God, they are family men, they care for their people, and the world is collapsing all around them.  So what do they do?  They scan the skies for Russian planes, track the bombs as they fall out of the sky and they run TO the bombs, not away.  They get there as soon as they can (they use scanners as well), and they attempt to save those who can be saved.  It is tragic and sad too, but this is a glimpse into how people try to stay sane and human amidst an unbearable assault on civilians.
I have one more documentary nominee in the short category to watch, but this is my choice for the winner.

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