HBO releases new documentary on Syria

HBO releases new documentary on Syria
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HBO releases new documentary on Syria

HBO will premier a new documentary on the civil war in Syria called Cries from Syria, to be broadcast on March 13th at 10:00pm ET/PT. (Trailer video below)

Cries of Syria, Directed by Evgeny Afineevsky (Academy Award Nominee for 2015’s Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom)

In March 2011, the Syrian people, inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, rose up against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Public protests sparked by the arrest and torture of children who had been detained after writing anti-regime graffiti led to violent crackdowns. As what would become a long civil war intensified, the Islamic State and other groups began seizing Syrian territory and imposing brutally oppressive conditions of their own. 

Stranded between the opposing forces in the conflict, hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, seven million have been internally displaced and more than five million have desperately tried to survive by fleeing the country. Two-thirds of those who have fled to date are women and children.

“Cries of Syria” is a searing, comprehensive account of the Syrian war from the inside out. The film draws on hundreds of hours of war footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protestors, revolution leaders, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens and high-ranking army generals who have 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.

The Arab Daily News

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“Cries of Syria” includes the original song “Prayers for this World,” written by Grammy and Emmy®winner and Oscar® nominee Diane Warren, and recorded by Cher along with The West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

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HBO Documentary "Cries of Syria"

HBO Documentary “Cries of Syria”

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RAY HANANIA — Columnist

Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

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Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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