'FRONTLINE: Children Of Syria'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Since 2011, millions of Syrians have fled the fighting inside their country, for safety and stability. Follow four Syrian children over three years, from their struggle to live through the Assad regime's siege of their home city Aleppo, to the devastating kidnapping of their father, to the beginning of their new lives as refugees in Germany. This is a story of war, grief, hope, and what it means to start again.
DVD Verdict: For those not immediately in the know, and that's OK as I wasn't sure either, Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia. De jure Syrian territory borders Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest, but the government's control now extends to approximately 30–40% of the de jure state area and less than 60% of the population.
A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians, Mandeans and Turks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Sunni Arabs make up the largest population group in Syria.
'FRONTLINE: Children Of Syria' relates to us within this gripping, and for the most part sad documentary, that since 2011, millions of Syrians have fled the brutal fighting inside their country, seeking safety, stability, and the chance at a better life in an exodus that has helped to fuel Europe's largest migration crisis since the end of World War II. Against this backdrop, 'Children of Syria' is an unforgettable story of both sadness and survival, and a profound exploration of identity, family and the meaning of home.
Filmed on the ground as the fighting rages, the documentary follows four Syrian children - Sara, Farah, Helen, and Mohammed - over three years, from their struggle to live through the Assad regime's siege of their home city Aleppo, to the devastating kidnapping of their father, to the beginning of their new lives as refugees in Germany, ever cognizant of all they've lost and left behind.
With the Syrian war in its sixth year, its death toll now estimated at 470,000, and thousands of refugees arriving in Europe every day, FRONTLINE's 'Children of Syria' is a story of war, grief, hope, and what it means to start again. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.