Last Men in Aleppo (pictured), which focuses on the White Helmet’s of Syria attempting to aid their fellow citizens who are under siege, will be screened as the opening film at the DR Koncerthuset on March 15.
After the film’s European premiere, a carefully selected ensemble of Syrian musicians will play at DR Koncertsalen, in collaboration with Normann Copenhagen and Roskilde Festival.
The doc will also screen several times during CPH:DOX, including the festival’s school program UNG:DOX. It will later make its television broadcast debut on DR2 Dokumania.
Last Men in Aleppo most recently was honored with the Grand Jury Prize for best world cinema documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The film is produced by Larm Film’s Søren Steen Jespersen and the Aleppo Media Center’s Kareem Abeed with support from DFI and DR. It’s co-produced with Germany’s Kloos & Co Median and co-producer Stefan Kloos. Steen Johannessen served as co-director and editor.
The 11-day Copenhagen-based film festival runs March 16-26.
“We’re proud and humble to be able to open this year’s festival with a film, which manages to tell an inhumane, violent story from the heart of the Syrian civil war in Aleppo – but succeeds in doing so by such great human presence, that no one leaves untouched,” said festival director Tine Fischer in a statement.
“The team behind the film has done a remarkable job and together with the participants, especially the Syrian team, has made unimaginable sacrifices to tell this story,” added producer Søren Steen Jespersen. “This is why it means so much for us, that the film gets to be seen by as many people as possible and will create a focus on the events we have witnessed in Aleppo.”