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Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara on 'The White Helmets,' Syria, courage and fear

Orlando von Einsiedel & Joanna Natasegara, The White Helmets, Syria

On today’s TIFF episode I talk to Orlando and Joanna about their moving new film The White Helmets, Syria, courage and doing the right thing in the face of fear.

For more information on The White Helmets (IMDBtrailerwebsite) and TIFF.

Synopsis

A Netflix original short documentary, set in Aleppo, Syria and southern Turkey in early 2016, takes viewers into the war zone. As the violence intensifies, The White Helmets follows three volunteer rescue workers as they put everything on the line to save civilians affected by the war, all the while wracked with worry about the safety of their own loved ones.

Moving and inspiring, The White Helmets (by Oscar nominated team Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara) is both a snapshot of the harrowing realities of life for ordinary Syrians who remain in the country, and a humbling portrait of the power of the human spirit.

Biographies

Orlando von Einsiedel is a London-based director. His debut feature documentary Virunga was nominated for an Academy Award. The White Helmets is his latest short film.

Joanna Natasegara (producer)

 

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With thanks to producer Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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