Monday, May 21

From Iran a film drama about fighting ISIS in Syria. "This is not New York and there are no Twin Towers here"

The above quote is from an 'action' film, the first full-length film drama on the war in Syria against Islamic State and other Islamist terrorist forces. The film is from Iran and told from the Iranian view of the war; it's called Damascus Time. Here's a note at YouTube about the plot:
The city of Palmyra in eastern Syria has fallen to ISIS and they have surrounded the airport in a nearby city where many of the wounded people and also the last defenders of the airport await their emergency evacuation. A young pilot has to risk his life and reach the airport in order to help evacuate these people while they are under direct ISIS fire. A close confrontation with ISIS fighters determines their fate in a dramatic turn of events.
Here are two trailers for the film posted at YouTube; I like the first one a little better than the 'official' one.

Looks like a good film but be warned there is graphic footage of Islamic State carrying out atrocities interspersed with the fictional parts although it's not shown in the trailers.
Thanks to Rick Sterling, writing on May 17 at Consortium News, for alerting Westerners to the film, which is currently being shown in Iran, and for providing some background. Here are some of Sterling's notes:
The movie comes from Iranian screenwriter and film director Ebrahim Hatamikia. Two award-winning Iranian actors, Hadi Hejazifar and Babak Hamidian, play father and son pilots trying to rescue civilians besieged and attacked by ISIS forces in eastern Syria. The pilots have come to help the townspeople escape in an aging Ilyushin cargo plane.
Syrian and Iraqi actors play Syrian civilians and ISIS terrorists hell bent on blowing up the plane or using it on a suicide mission against Damascus.
Will Damascus Time make it into Western movie theaters?  Given the vast gulf between the Iranian account of the war against ISIS and the Western ones, we'll be lucky if it's shown for two days in an 'art house' theater with 15 seats in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. But eventually, after English subtitles are provided, surely it'll be available to Westerners someplace through the internet.  

Anyhow, you don't need subtitles to understand the trailers. You would need subtitles to follow NATO/GCC propaganda about the war against Islamic State.   


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