Last Men in Aleppo

Feras Fayyad, Denmark, 2017

104 min.DK/Documentary

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the volunteers from the White Helmets we experience the daily life, death and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm. Khalid, Subhi and Mahmoud are among the first to enter the destroyed buildings, scouring through the rubble in search of bodies and signs of life. They are now living more or less under constant bombing together with the remaining 350,000 civilians in Aleppo. They all struggle with the same dilemma: Should they flee and bring their families to safety, or should they stay and fight for their city?
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title Last Men in Aleppo
Danish title De sidste mænd i Aleppo
Keywords Syria, Civil wars, Rescue work, White Helmets, The, Courage, Civilian population, Everyday life, 2010-2019
Director Feras Fayyad
Co-director Steen Johannessen
Screenplay Feras Fayyad
Producer Søren Steen Jespersen, Kareem Abeed
Director of Photography Fadi al Halabi, Husam al Halabi, Mojahed Abo Al Joud
Editor Steen Johannessen, Michael Bauer
Production country Denmark, Syria, Germany
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut
International sales DR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / 0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / drsales@dr.dk / www.drsales.dk
Danish festival release 15.03.2017, Koncerthuset DR, CPH:DOX 2017
Online release 19.09.2017
Comment Winner of the international documentary competition at Sundance and the main award at CPH:DOX. Syrian director Feras Fayyad has worked on a number of films on Syrian issues. Steen Johannessen, co-director, is known as an experienced editor on documentary films. Last Men in Aleppo marks his first directorial endeavour.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 15


Executive Producer Larm Film, AMC
Co-production Kloos & Co Medien
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, ARTE
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Feras Fayyad
Co-director Steen Johannessen
Assisting director Hassan Khattan


Screenplay Feras Fayyad
Story and research Feras Fayyad


Producer Søren Steen Jespersen
Producer Kareem Abeed
Co-producer Stefan Kloos


Cinematographer Fadi al Halabi
Cinematographer Husam al Halabi
Cinematographer Mojahed Abo Al Joud


Editor Steen Johannessen
Editor Michael Bauer

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Best Nordic Documentary 2017 Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2017
Best International Feature - Special Mention 2017 Auckland, Documentary Edge Festival 2017
New Talent Award 2017 Docsbarcelona 2017
Audience Award: Warsaw Documentary Award 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
Grand Prix 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
Lower Silesia Marshal’s Grand Prix Special Mention 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
The Mayor of Gdynia Award for Best Film 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
The BYDGOSZCZ ART/DOC AWARD 2017 Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017
Honorable Mention 2017 Durham, Full Frame 2017
Full Frame Inspiration Award 2017 Durham, Full Frame 2017
World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary 2017 Sundance Film Festival 2017

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Dubai International Film Festival 2017-12-06
Torun, Camerimage 2017-11-11
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2017-10-24
Moscow - Royal Danish Embassy 2017-10-18
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2017-09-16
Seoul, EBS International Documentary Festival 2017-08-21
Dokufest Prizren 2017-08-04
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017-06-21
Sydney Film Festival 2017-06-07
Cape Town, Encounters South African Int. Documentary Film Festival 2017-06-01
Docsbarcelona 2017-05-22
Amsterdam, IDFA 2017-05-20
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2017-05-12
München Documentary Festival 2017-05-04
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2017-04-27
Istanbul Int. Film Festival 2017-04-06
Durham, Full Frame 2017-04-06
Haag, Amnesty Int. Movies that Matter Festival 2017-03-29
CPH:DOX 2017-03-16
Sundance Film Festival 2017-01-19
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Reviews and articles

On the library you can find these articles and revies and other material about the film.
Type Source Author Date
Interview Politiken-Fonden Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2017-03-16
Interview Information Aagaard, Charlotte 2017-03-15
Anmeldelse Politiken-Fonden Hegnsvad, Kristoffer 2017-03-15
Artikel Politiken-Fonden Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2017-01-26