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“The White Helmets” wins best short doc at Oscars

Orlando von Einsiedel’s The White Helmets was named Best Documentary Short Subject at the 89th Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 26). The Netflix doc spotlights the life-saving efforts of ...
February 26, 2017

Orlando von Einsiedel’s The White Helmets was named Best Documentary Short Subject at the 89th Academy Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 26).

The Netflix doc spotlights the life-saving efforts of a volunteer rescue force working in war-torn Aleppo and Turkey.

Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets, was planning on attending the ceremony, but according to a statement, intense air strikes across the country led him to instead focus on his work in Syria.

Khaled Khatib, a White Helmets volunteer and cameraman on the film, was also due to attend. After weeks of uncertainty following Donald Trump’s travel ban, Khatib and Saleh were both able to obtain visas to travel to the U.S. for the awards show. Khatib was reportedly denied entry after his passport was rejected.

Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara accepted the award.

The doc was up against Extremis (Dan Krauss), Joe’s Violin (Kahane Cooperman), Watani: My Homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen) and 4.1 Miles (Daphne Matziaraki),

4.1 Miles, Watani, The White Helmets and documentary feature Fire At Sea share similar themes, delving into the plight of refugees and their efforts to find better lives for their families.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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