Academy Award Winner ‘The White Helmets’ tells the story of brave volunteers who risk their lives to save others.
The terrible conflict between the rebel forces and the Syrian army have caused thousands of lives to be lost, with many more still trapped in the war-torn city.
The Syrian Civil Defense (a.k.a “the White Helmets”) is a group of volunteer rescue workers who rush on the scene directly after the attacks, sometimes when the bombs are still falling, in order to give the people home in the midst of the wreckage. These extraordinary men have responded to the humanitarian crisis – and have become heroes to countless people and their families. Their valiant efforts are the subject of the short documentary The White Helmets, which won at the Oscars category for Best Short Subject Documentary!
The film was directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara. Both of these talented artists were nominated last two years ago for their documentary Virunga. Originally expecting their new film to be a feature-length documentary, they decided to move forward with a short film due to a sense of urgency.