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Cries from Syria (2017)

TV-MA | | Documentary, Drama | 10 March 2017 (USA)
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CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen ... See full summary »


Evgeny Afineevsky
8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Hadi Al Abdullah ... Himself
Raed Al Saleh ... Himself
Riad Al-Asaad ... Himself
Bashar al-Assad ... Himself
Abu Mohammad Al-Julani ... Himself
Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb ... Himself (archive footage)
Zaher Al-Saket ... Himself
Kholoud Helmi ... Herself
Cissy Jones ... Narrator
Ghiath Matar ... Himself (archive footage)
Suzan Matar Suzan Matar ... Herself
Helen Mirren ... Narrator
Abdul Basset Saroot ... Himself


CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protesters, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. Their collective stories are a cry for attention and help from a world that little understands their reality or agrees on what to do about it. A documentary by Evgeny Afineevsky, director of the Oscar-nominated film WINTER ON FIRE, CRIES FROM SYRIA premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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syria | damascus | isis | war crime | See All (4) »


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Cher will debut an original song for this film ("Prayers For This World") likely during the end credits. The song is penned by acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren who previously collaborated with Cher in the mega-hit "If I Could Turn Back Time" and the Golden Globe-winning song "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" from "Burlesque". See more »


N/A: To my people in Aleppo: You are my people. While I was living among you, documenting the crimes of Russia and the Al-Assad regime, when I arrived at the place where the attack occurred, because I was watching the civilians, women, children, old men, pulling themselves from the rubble of their homes, covered with the dust of destruction. I was sure that Aleppo will never fail. These massacres committed by Russia's and Al-Assad's planes, they said they were fighting ISIS, but that was the biggest...
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Prayers For This World
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Cher and West Los Angeles Children's Choir
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Excellent, powerful, well-done and important
6 August 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

An even stronger film than Afneevsky's excellent "Winter on Fire", he uses a similar strategy here. He films his own interviews and some footage of what is going on in the country. But the core of the documentary is first hand video footage from citizens' cell phones and other cameras - images from those living and dying on the front lines - bringing the tale a powerful immediacy.

The story is truly tragic, as a hopefully attempt for an Arab spring type peaceful uprising against the long standing violent and dictatorial leadership of Assad (the film includes footage of his torturers at work) devolved quickly into brutal civil war as the government uses any means necessary to subdue it's citizens -- including devastating chemical weapon's attacks (again, among the often very brutal footage in the film).

At the same time ISIS came to the country promising to ally with the people, but quickly revealed their own murderous ways as they attempt to take over large areas of the country and impose themselves as draconian strongmen despots, killing anyone who won't do their bidding or live by their rules. So now for the people of Syria, their cities and society are being decimated by two groups of monsters simultaneously. Meanwhile, the world does shockingly little to help the rebels. As Russian planes go on bombing raids to help bolster their puppet government, the US and US look on with horror, but don't seem to be trying to even get the rebels supplies, much less to fight for or with the, or even to send a meaningful peace keeping force.

What makes the film really stand out is how it works as an emotionally devastating account of human suffering, while still doing a better job than any documentary or news report I've seen to simply make clear exactly what is going on, and whom is fighting with whom in the Syrian nightmare.

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