After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. We follow the volunteers from The White Helmets as they experience the daily life of death and struggle in the streets of the city. They fight for sanity in a place where war has become the norm. Khaled, Subhi and Mahmoud are among the first to enter the destroyed buildings, scouring through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life. They now live more or less under siege and constant bombings, together with the remaining 350.000 civilians in Aleppo. They all struggle with the same dilemma: Should they flee and bring their families to safety, or should they stay and fight for their city? The film takes place from September 2015 until the fall of 2016.

Director: Feras Fayyad
Co-Director: Steen Johannessen
Camera: Thaer Mohammed, Mojahed Abo Aljood
Editor: Steen Johannessen, Michael Bauer
Producer: Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed
Co-Producer: Stefan Kloos
Director of Photography: Fadi al Halabi
Director Assistant: Hassan Khattan
Production Coordinator: Khaled Khatib
Production Assistant: Yaman Khatib
Music: Karsten Fundal
Sound Design: Morten Groth Brandt
Production: LARM Film, Aleppo Media Center
Co-Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin, SWR in association with ARTE
With the support of: Danish Film Institute, DR, DANIDA, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, AFAC, Cinereach, IDFA Bertha Foundation, Sundance Institute, Justfilm, IMS, Open Society Foundations

“We didn’t have to debate. This extraordinary film lifted us and carried us and then dropped us into a place, unlike any other film. A wholly, accomplished work of art with powerful cinematography, a compelling narrative and heroes who reveal compassion, humanity and extraordinary bravery in increasingly impossible circumstances. This uncompromising film matches the fearless commitment of the filmmakers with the merciful courage of the fathers, brothers and friends who have become Syria’s first respondents.” Sundance Grand Jury motivation


“Masterpiece” Nick Fraser / The Guardian


“Remarkable” Guy Lodge / Variety


“Speaks very loudly from the heart” Boyd van Hoeij / Hollywood Reporter


”Last Men in Aleppo is one of the most difficult documentaries you’ll see this year.” The Guardian


AWARDS (Selection):
Sundance Film Festival 2017
Winner “World Cinema Documentary” 


Academy Awards 2018
Oscar Nomination as “Best Documentary” 


Film Independent Spirit Awards
Winner “Best Documentary” 


News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Winner in the category „Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary“


Festivals (Selection):
CPH:DOX, Denmark

DOK.fest München, Germany

Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czechia

Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Canada

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA 

Documentary Edge Festival, New Sealand

Forum on Human Rights, Switzerland

Amnesty International Movies that Matter Festival, The Netherlands

Ambulante Gira Documentales, Mexico

Firenze Middle East Now Festival, Italy

Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey

Docs Barcelona, Spain

Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, South Africa

Sydney Film Festival, Australia

Dubai International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates


Documentary, Denmark/Germany/Syria 2017 (104 min.)


Director: Feras Fayyad
Production: LARM Film, Aleppo Media Center
Co-Production: Kloos & Co. Medien Berlin, SWR
Distribution: Rise and Shine Cinema
World Sales: DR Sales