Film Was Part of POV’s Special Series on the Syrian War and Refugee Crisis
New York, N.Y. — Oct. 6, 2017 — POV’s Season 30 film Last Men in Aleppo received the prize for Most Innovative Documentary at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards last night. Sharing the distinction with Dawson City: Frozen Time, this is the first time a POV film has received a prize from the awards showcase. POV was also nominated in the category for Best Ongoing Documentary Series, the second year in a row. The PBS series American Masters took home the prize this year.
The awards gala, hosted by magician Penn Jillette, took place at BRIC in Brooklyn, and was presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.
Last Men in Aleppo, directed by Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad, premiered on July 10, 2017, during POV’s 30th season, and was part of a series-first collection of five films highlighting the Syrian war and refugee crisis. The showcase took place during the first three weeks of POV’s broadcast season and was kicked off by nationwide events commemorating World Refugee Day.
The Critics’ Choice Documentary Award is the latest prize for the film, which has also won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as well as this year’s Courage Under Fire Award from the IDA Awards.
About Last Men in Aleppo:
The year is 2015. Syria’s brutal civil war has been ravaging the country since the government responded with force to civil protests during the Arab Spring in 2011. Regime, Kurdish, ISIS and rebel forces all occupy various parts of the city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria. A volunteer group called the White Helmets provides emergency services to traumatized residents in the rebel-occupied areas of the city. A crucial part of their efforts is rescuing survivors: After air attacks reduce buildings to rubble, the men of the White Helmets dig through the debris and pull survivors to safety. They are nothing short of heroes.
The White Helmets are the subject of Last Men in Aleppo, the searing documentary directed by Feras Fayyad. Captured with incredible intimacy and urgency, Last Men in Aleppo shows the White Helmets at work in the wake of bombing raids.