Evgeny Afineevsky’s new HBO documentary
, premiering tonight, March 13,
s a searing account of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the devastating civil war that has defined the country over the past five years. Drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from activists and citizen journalists, as well as shattering images and testimony from protestors, revolution leaders, ordinary citizens and children, many of them witnesses to unspeakable atrocities, this harrowing film tells the story of a people who, despite great suffering, have never lost hope for a better tomorrow.
For the first time, I tried to put all these images in one context, to tell the story of the uprising, the civil war, the rise of ISIS, chemical weapons, intervention, to put a comprehensive story together about Syria, what’s brought this huge humanitarian crisis, this refugee crisis that our world hasn’t had since the Second World War,” Afineevsky tells
about what compelled him to make the film. “That was my goal. It’s not just that I was trying to bring the images together. I tried to put together a comprehensive story so that people can not only learn from the historical mistakes, but so people can reevaluate what we have on our hands.”
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