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        Last Men in Aleppo | Lesson Plan Clips

        Syria has always been at the heart of the post-World War II struggle for the Middle East. Prior to the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, however, it was viewed as one of the more stable countries in the region, with a strong, autocratic and youthful leader, President Bashar Al-Assad. That mask of stability has slipped and today, after seven years of violent conflict that has left hundreds of thousands of Syrians dead, the country is at the nexus of every tension in the region: Iran versus Saudi Arabia, the United States versus Russia and even Islamist extremism’s resistance to secularism. Add the historical legacy of colonialism, as well as complex political systems that encompass tribal allegiances, monarchies, dictatorships and nascent democracies, and the complexity and horror of the ongoing war in Syria demands an examination of the ways in which policies play out in the real world.

        Among current policy considerations for the countries bordering Syria, and increasingly nations farther afield, including the United States, are the ethics and efficacy of responding to atrocities committed in other countries and the challenge of absorbing millions of refugees. At the same time, nations are confronting the challenge of getting accurate information in an era of actual and imagined “fake news.”

        This lesson combines these global and media studies concerns by using clips from Last Men in Aleppo to deepen students’ media analysis skills. It asks students to grapple with multiple types of news and information sources, including an examination of the ways in which documentary films can humanize statistics, policy statements and news reports.

        Check out POV's film page for Last Men in Aleppo.

        Clip 1: "Rescue"

        The clip begins at 5:13 with a shot of Mahmoud driving to a rescue scene. It ends at 8:23 with a shot of Mahmoud sitting and recovering after the rescue. We see Mahmoud dig out three children from underneath bombed-out rubble. Two young boys are alive. A baby is dead.

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        Clip 2: "Visit from a Hero"

        The clip begins at 13:36 with Mahmoud greeting one of the boys he saved and ends at 17:43 when he describes the visit as “difficult.” We see the impact of bombing on the psyche of young victims as the boys rescued by Mahmoud desperately cling to him.

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        Clip 3: "Ceasefire at the Playground"

        The clip begins at 52:30 with Khaled asking his daughter if she wants to go to the playground. It ends at 55:49 with Khaled in the car with his children. A rare outing for area children is disrupted when aircraft are spotted.

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        Clip 4: "Exhaustion"

        The clip begins at 1:11:09 with a shot of a small crowd gathered and a stretcher indicating that someone has been hurt. It ends at 1:15:38 with a shot of Khaled sleeping. We see the devastation of the bombing and the daily struggles of the White Helmets to cope.

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        Clip 5: "The End of This Story"

        The clip begins at 1:18:56 with a shot of explosions at night. It ends at 1:22:26 with a slate explaining the fate of the White Helmet members featured in the film. We see burial preparations for a rescue worker who was killed. It is Khaled.

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