Feras FAYYAD, who won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival for a documentary called Last Men in Aleppo, once again captured the horrors of Syria. The focus this time is on Dr. Amani, a female doctor who risks her life and takes care of the wounded in Syria, and her colleagues. Amid the ongoing civil war, there is constant bombing in Syria. Unlike wars where guns are aimed at each other, bombs randomly fall all over the city and civilian casualties, not soldiers, occur.In particular, children who know nothing about the world are taken to hospitals after being injured in the bombing. Taking care of a child dying of shrapnel, the doctor wonders if God exists. Bombing does not avoid hospitals either. For safety, the medical staff hide in cave-like facilities to treat patients. Against this backdrop, the sight of a doctor performing surgery while listening to music on a YouTube channel seems to be a desperate attempt to endure hell. The director of The Cave is sending a rescue signal through this film. (Nam Dong-chul)
Feras FAYYAD is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director. His first feature film, Last Men in Aleppo, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize. He is the first Syrian director to be nominated for a Spirit Award, and the first Syrian to be nominated for an Academy Award and to win the Peabody Award. Last Men in Aleppo was selected as one of the best documentaries of 2017 from more than 20 critics’ year-end lists, and the film won more than 35 awards worldwide. FAYYAD also produced the acclaimed documentary short film One Day in Aleppo.