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June 23–29, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Last Men in Aleppo
(De sidste mænd i Aleppo)

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Grand Jury Prize—Documentary
Sundance Film Fest
"An essential film"
  —New York Times
"It's hard to walk out of Last Men In Aleppo without a renewed outrage"
  —AV Club
"The horror the film instills, you'll never shake... after watching Last Men In Aleppo, footage of distant falling bombs will never seem abstract"
"A lingering, close-up—and ultimately tragic—look at the misery and joy taking place, side by side"
  —Washington Post
4 stars
  —The Guardian
"Despite the fact they are working in a war zone, there is practically none of the bad-quality shaky-cam footage that we've come to expect from those places. Instead, many of the shots have a kind of incongruous and surreal beauty about them, imbuing the film with a certain majesty"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Viscerally immediate, exquisitely realized... it's the one [Syrian war doc] that provides viewers with the most sensorily vivid and empathetic sense yet of how it feels to live (and die) through the carnage"
  —Chicago Tribune
3 stars½ "[The film] never operates as a sentimental tribute... Instead, it's an unflinching depiction of life in a vulnerable city, a place where innocents are constantly under attack, and the few people doing their best to protect it"
Recommended "Moving and suspenseful"
  —Chicago Reader

Last Men in Aleppo is a breathtaking work and a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage. It follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives.

An unforgettable portrait of reluctant heroes, Last Men in Aleppo employs a strict vérité approach but unfolds like a classical tragedy. While careful not to sensationalize events, the film does not shy away from the harsh realities of what it means to live through bombings, and in following the civil defense group's work, we bear witness to a brutal cycle of destruction. When the White Helmets arrive at a triage site, a crowd will gather, attracting the attention of pilots, who take aim at the mass of onlookers. Attacks in the middle of a mission are not uncommon and further escalate the risks of this dangerous work.

Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, Last Men in Aleppo draws us into the lives of three of its founders, Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud, as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country. Together they are a testament to mankind's capacity for unspeakable atrocity as well as an ode to courage and compassion.

Directed by Feras Fayyad, Denmark/Syria, 2017, 104 mins. In Arabic with English subtitles.


  • Fri., June 23 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., June 24 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., June 25 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., June 26–29 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
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  • Polk Bros. Foundation