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Syria, My Love

Director: Hayk Matevosyan

Producers: Liana Avetisyan

Cast: Menua Chaparyan, Armen Sargsyan
A Syrian-Armenian artist who, after losing his family in the civil war, refuses to abandon his studio in Aleppo before he can finish his final painting.


Director: Jamie Donoughue

Producers: Harvey Ascott, Eshref Durmishi, Howard Dawson

Writer: Jamie Donoughue

Cast: Eshref Durmishi, Lum Veseli, Andi Bajgora, Astrit Kabashi, Xhevdet Jashari, Armond Morina
The friendship of two boys is tested to its limits as they battle for survival during the war in Kosovo. Based on true events.

My Aleppo

Director: Melissa Langer

Producers: Melissa Langer

Cast: Ibrahim Al Haj Abdullah, Lama Abdullah
Thousands of miles away in South Africa, but connected through the Internet, the Abdullah family watches daily as their family, nation and beloved hometown are destroyed.

The White Helmets

Director: Orlando von Einsiedel

Producers: Joanna Natasegara
A Netflix original short documentary, set in Aleppo, Syria and Turkey in early 2016. As the violence intensifies, The White Helmets follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones. Moving and inspiring, The White Helmets (directed by Academy Award®–nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara) is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit.
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