January 9, 2019

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NYU Washington, DC and One Journey co-hosted the One Journey Film Festival's second of their three-part film series about the global refugee crisis —its tragic scale and impact. The film, Last Men in Aleppo, is a piercing documentary about the Syrian civil war – being showcased to illuminate the chaos and conflict beyond the water’s edge which forces so many to flee their homes. This film portrays a group of ordinary citizens - the White Helmets - who conduct lifesaving search and rescue missions for their neighbors under siege in Aleppo. It won the World Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

The film was complemented by a panel of experts including Ed Beetar, One Journey Festival Volunteer and former Aleppo, Syria resident and journalist, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Executive Director, Syrian Community Network, Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director, Syrian Emergency Taskforce, and Jana Mason, Senior External Relations Advisors for UNHCR, who helped explain the tension between fleeing one’s country or staying to fight for it.


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Ed Beetar

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Jana Mason

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Mouaz Moustafa

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Suzanne Akhras Sahloul

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2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work — a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage — follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders — Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud — as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?