2017 Documentary Oscar Shorts Program B
This is the second of two programs of the 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary shorts. These shorts tell two different stories centered around the ongoing crisis in Syria. This program is recommended Rated R.
WATANI: MY HOMELAND – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, UK, 39 minutes
Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.
THE WHITE HELMETS – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, UK, 41 minutes
In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.