14th EDITION: 15-21 May 2017

Screening of “Last Men in Aleppo” in the Polish parliament

“There is no way to avoid this comparison: these are pictures from the Warsaw Uprising,” writes Tadeusz Sobolewski about “Last Men in Aleppo.” The film screening will take place in the Polish parliament on Thursday 14th of September at 8 p.m.

After 5 years of war in Syria the remaining 350.000 citizens of Aleppo are preparing for a siege.

Through the volunteers from The White Helmets organization we experience daily life, death and struggle in the streets of Aleppo. They fight for sanity where war has become the norm.

“Last Men in Aleppo” (dir. Feras Fayyad) is the winner of the Millennium Docs Against Gravity Grand Prix in the Main Competition (the Bank Millennium Award). The jury’s justification was as follows: “The film allows you to show a deeper and more complex image of reality than hundreds of media news reports would.

The film, which has moved us the most, shows not only a great drama in a seemingly remote part of the world but, above all, people who choose heroic conduct over an escape from an overwhelming threat.

Their struggle to maintain their humanity makes us ask ourselves questions about the limits of sacrificing ourselves for others and engagement in conflicts which seem not to concern us”.

“Last Men in Aleppo” is also the winner of the Warsaw Documentary Award – granted by the audience of the 14th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. The film has also received the Mayor of Gdynia Award and the Bydgoszcz ART/DOC Award at the 14th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival.

Feras Fayyad’s film has premiered in Polish movie theaters on the 30th of June. 1 PLN from each ticket is dedicated to the activities of the Polish Humanitarian Organization in Syria.

The winner of BYDGOSZCZ ART/DOC AWARD has been announced

The BYDGOSZCZ ART/DOC AWARD in the main competition of 14th Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival’s Bydgoszcz edition was presented on Sunday, 21st May at Kino Orzeł in the Municipal Centre of Culture. The award, which amounts to Euro 1,500 as well as the statuette will go to the author of “Last Men in Aleppo” (dir. Feras Fayyad).

“For a unique and personal character of the film which provokes strong emotion, for ‘freeing the minds’ fronm a temporary view as well as journalistic oversimplifications, for consequence and skilful production” – says the justification of the jury members’ (Magdalena Wichrowska, Marcin Sauter and Artur Owczarczak) decision.

The Bydgoszcz ART/DOC Award was granted for the first time in the history of Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival. The event is co-financed by  The Municipal Office of Bydgoszcz and  Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region. The WSB Universities in Bydgoszcz are the festival’s local strategic partner. Supporting partner: Municipal Centre of Culture in Bydgoszcz. The event is organised by the Art-House Foundation.

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