The Syrian kids have become unable to sleep after midnight last fall deep booms outside the Aleppo countryside, a report on the Time has said.
“Honestly, I’m about to explode. I can’t express what’s happening inside of me,” says a wide-eyed Radwan, a man who fled the city with his brother, Marwan, and their families at the start of the war, facing the camera. “I have to smile against my will so the kids don’t get scared.”
That’s one gripping scene among many in Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, a National Geographic documentary premiering June 11.
The film by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, the Emmy Award-winning pair behind Restrepo (2010) and Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? (2013), traces how the bloody crackdown on youth dissent in March 2011 metastasized into the intractable conflict that today has left an estimated 500,000 dead and millions uprooted.
Using testimony from activists who were instrumental in the war’s early stages, as well as analysis from political leaders and a range of experts, the film examines what role outside influences played in the creation of the ISIS, the resulting refugee crisis and the rise in right-wing movements in the West.
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