An update from The Syria Campaign
In July 2016 we were hosted by Channel 4 for our film-themed live crowdfunding event. One of the projects we sponsored was The Syria Campaign's outreach work around the film The White Helmets. Since The Syria Campaign pitched with us, The White Helmets has had incredible success, having been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize and having won an Oscar earlier this year. We spoke to Anna from The Syria Campaign to talk about the work of The White Helmets and what the film's impact has been:
"Last year members of TFN came together to support the outreach programme for the ‘The White Helmets’ Netflix documentary. The film provides an in-depth look into perhaps the most dangerous job in the world: the volunteer first responders of Syria’s brutal war. Titled ‘The White Helmets’, after their nickname that stems from their headgear, the film follows three members from the group of about 3,000 who are among the first to arrive after bombs have rained down on hospitals and apartments and markets. Unarmed and impartial these heroes have saved more than 84,000 lives.
Since its release in September 2016 the film has been engaging people with the real story of Syria -- with screenings in living rooms, college campuses, community centres, the UK Parliament and the United Nations. Last month the film received the biggest platform possible winning the Oscar for ‘Best Documentary Short’. The award introduced hundreds of millions more people to these heroes and their incredible lifesaving work.
Raed Al Saleh, Head of the White Helmets, sent this message of acceptance from Syria upon hearing the news. If you haven’t yet watched the film you can find it on Netflix. Thank you for all the support to make sure the film and surrounding activities are doing everything possible to elevate the White Helmet’s mission of peace in Syria."