Cries from Syria

Cries from Syria is a 2017 documentary film about the Syrian Civil War, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, and acquired by HBO.[1] It contains video shot by Syrians with and interviews with guerilla fighters, activists, journalists, defected military men, and refugees, some that are children.[2]

Cries from Syria
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Film poster
Directed byEvgeny Afineevsky
Narrated byHelen Mirren
Edited byAaron I. Butler
Distributed byHBO Films
Release date
  • January 22, 2017 (2017-01-22) (Sundance)
  • March 13, 2017 (2017-03-13) (HBO)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States

In an interview Afineesky said, "I tried to put together a comprehensive story so that people can not only learn from the historical mistakes, but so people can reevaluate what we have on our hands."[2]

On November 2, 2017, Afineevsky was named the Best Director at the annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in New York (conducted by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association). The nominations for Cries from Syria were Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Song in a Documentary (‘Prayers for this World’ written by Diane Warren, and recorded by Cher along with the West Los Angeles Children's Choir).[citation needed]


  1. ^ Brent Lang (2017-01-10). "HBO Nabs 'Cries From Syria' Documentary Ahead of Sundance". Variety. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  2. ^ a b Felsenthal, Julia (March 10, 2017). "Every American Should Watch Cries From Syria". Vogue. Retrieved April 1, 2017.

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