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Cries from Syria (2017)

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CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Hadi Al Abdullah ...
Raed Al Saleh ...
Riad Al-Asaad ...
Abu Mohammad Al-Julani ...
Hamza Ali Al-Khateeb ...
Himself (archive footage)
Zaher Al-Saket ...
Kholoud Helmi ...
Ghiath Matar ...
Himself (archive footage)
Suzan Matar ...
Abdul Basset Saroot ...


CRIES FROM SYRIA is a searing, comprehensive account of a brutal five-year conflict from the inside out, drawing on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protesters, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government. Their collective stories are a cry for attention and help from a world that little understands their reality or agrees on what to do about it. A documentary by Evgeny Afineevsky, director of the Oscar-nominated film WINTER ON FIRE, CRIES FROM SYRIA premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

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syria | damascus | isis | war crime | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Huuto Syyriasta  »

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Cher will debut an original song for this film ("Prayers For This World") likely during the end credits. The song is penned by acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren who previously collaborated with Cher in the mega-hit "If I Could Turn Back Time" and the Golden Globe-winning song "You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me" from "Burlesque". See more »


N/A: In Syria there is a revolution of the people. Like when France became independent. Like in America, the people revolted and became independent. When countries around the world are oppressed they revolt so they can have a civilized society, an advanced society, a society that protects its people.
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Prayers For This World
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Cher and West Los Angeles Children's Choir
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Had to fight back tears
29 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This documentary makes you wonder about your life and all the "problems" you face everyday. These people no longer have a home, many have lost loved ones, starvation and fighting (including with WMD) sort of make your problems seem trivial.

I came upon this show by accident while channel surfing and I couldn't look away. I wonder if HBO had ever shown this during prime time hours like 8 PM or only on late night (12:40AM - 2:40AM) when I caught it. After our last presidential election where our new president (sadly it's Trump) talked about refusing assistance to these people or even letting them in, it makes you wonder how Christian all these American people really are. When you stand before God for judgment, he will ask you what you did to help people like these and you better have a good answer.

This show follows the war in Syria over several years, from the civil war against the Asad regime to the invasion by ISIS to the Russian involvement, which only made things worse. It is VERY GRAPHIC, as it should be. It includes real footages of death, destruction, dismemberment, and even footages of civilians poisoned by WMD from Asad's regime, as the world did little to help.

To me, this show is one of the few that I feel everyone should watch. As I watched this, I remembered an incident I read about in WW2. When the Allies invaded Germany and freed the Jews, they saw the concentration camps and began to realize the full extent of the massacre. They asked the German people of a nearby town why they did not do anything against their government, the people responded they didn't know what was happening to the jews. The Allies then to these people to the concentration camps and showed them what they did not know was going on.

If we Americans are true Christians, then we need to show it in our actions.

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