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Syria, Children on the Frontline

Anthony Wonke

48 min 5 sec
Documentary, Psa
The story of five young children whose lives have been changed forever by the war in Syria.

The children of Syria are often the forgotten victims in the ongoing civil war. More than 11,000 children have been killed and over a million are now refugees. Syria's largest city, Aleppo, has become engulfed by fighting between pro- and anti-regime groups and over 2000 children have been killed there. Schools have shut, food is in serious shortage and there is the constant threat of shelling, sniper fire and kidnap. This Dispatches documentary tells the story of five young children whose lives have been changed forever by the war in Syria: young sisters Helen, Farah and Sara and their brother Mohammed, whose father is a rebel commander in Aleppo; and Aboude, a singer and poster boy for the Syrian uprising. All five have shown amazing resilience, forsaking their innocence and adapting to life, as the world around them slips into greater chaos and anarchy.

Festivals :

Best Current Affairs, BAFTA Awards (2015)

Gaby Rado Memorial Award, Amnesty International Film Festival (2015)

Photography - Factual Award, BAFTA TV Craft (2015)

Won at the Peabody Awards (2015)

Winner « Current Affair », RTS Awards (international) (2015)

Grand Prix, La Figra (2015)

Nominee, National Film Awards (2015)

Nominee at Frontline Awards (2015)

(more festivals at the end of this page)


Anthony Wonke Documentary Syria, Children on the Frontline
Anthony Wonke Syria, Children on the Frontline Documentary


War correspondents long format award, Bayeux for Calvados awards (2014)

Winner 'International current affairs documentary, AIB Awards (2014)

Nominee, Amnesty's Media Award (2014)

Nominee, Rory Peck Award (2014)

Most Valuable Documentary of the Year, Cinema for Peace Awards (2014)

Director Debut Award, Edinburgh International Film Festival (2014)

Best Current Affairs, International Emmy Awards (2014)

Television Award, One World Media Awards (2014)

Best TV Documentaries - Current Affairs, Prix Italia (2014)

Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme – International, The Grierson Trust British Documentary Award (2014)