saturday 21 july – 7.30pm
2017 Syria 83 mins Dir: Feras Fayyad
IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE
Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Feras Fayyad will not attend the 2018 festival screening of his film Last Men in Aleppo due to visa administration issues. Instead, he will join us live by Skype after the special screening of his film at the Theatre Royal.
CDOC’s Saturday night event is an extraordinary example of the power of documentary film to focus attention on the shameful global nightmare that is Syria. Following the screening of this powerful Oscar nominated film, we will have its Syrian director Feras Fayyad live by Skype in conversation with prominent Melbourne journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe.
Combining moments of heart-pounding suspense, tragedy, and improbable beauty, this visceral film takes us right into the lives of three men from Aleppo who race against time to dig their fellow citizens out from buildings that have been bombed. Filmed over 3 years, we see Khaled, Subhi and Mahmoud grapple with the never-ending chaos around them, and struggle with an ever-present personal dilemma: do they flee with their families or stay and fight for their country.
** This film contains scenes some viewers may find distressing **
Oscar nominated 2018, Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival 2017, and numerous other awards.
Currently the fate of some 1,000 “White Helmet” volunteers and their family members, and the need to plan a possible evacuation for them, has become a focus of discussions of several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada.
Feras has recently been in Syria where he is shooting his next film and will be able to provide current insights about the issues during his post screening discussion with us. Please support this screening and our live Skype conversation with Feras.
Co-presented by Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (CDOC), Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)