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“The White Helmets,” a 40-minute documentary, marks first Oscar win for director Orlando von Einsiedel.
The film revolves around the “perilous work of volunteers who brave falling bombs to rescue civilians from the carnage of Syria's civil war,” the description on its Netflix page says.
A synopsis, published on the Oscars website, reveals that the film is set “in the chaos of war-torn Syria” where “unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as ‘the white helmets’ comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors.”
Patrick Henningsen, a geopolitical analyst at 21st Century Wire.com in an earlier interview to RT late last month explained how the footage was obtained.
The “film itself is not a real documentary,” he said. “All of the footage used in the film was provided to the producers by the White Helmets themselves. This film production crew - Netflix productions - did not film any of the so-called rescue scenes.”