“There are hundreds of bombs dropped in Syria every day” is the chilling opening of the trailer for the upcoming Netflix documentary short “White Helmets.” The film depicts Syrian civilians in the war-torn city of Aleppo, who take it upon themselves to arrive at bomb sites as first responders to search for and retrieve bodies from the rubble.
The crew is described as “everyday heroes” as they carry out babies and injured men from the wreckage of still-smoking buildings after air strikes. The film follows three such men through the realities of their volunteer lives.
The short also includes an intimate look at the men’s personal lives, as the footage shows one of them affectionately parting with his child before a mission.
The White Helmets came to wider public attention this year when they found and saved Omran Daqneesh, a young child rescued from a bombing in August. It was an incident that became internationally recognized for its documentation, as the disturbing images of the boy, covered in dust and blood, calmly waiting in the back of an ambulance, are now referred to as “The Face of Aleppo.”
Watch the intense and moving trailer for “White Helmets” below. The film is set for release on September 16.