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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 October 2018

Syrian doc 'Last Men in Aleppo' picks up Documentary Emmy

Feras Fayyad's film collects Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary prize in New York

'Last Men in Aleppo'. Courtesy Sundance Institute
'Last Men in Aleppo'. Courtesy Sundance Institute

Firas Fayyad’s Oscar-nominated Syrian documentary Last Men in Aleppo picked up the award for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, held in Manhattan in the early hours of Tuesday morning, UAE time.

Fayyad’s documentary, which he also wrote, follows life in war-torn Aleppo at the height of the Syrian conflict, and in particular the lives of three White Helmets – the civilian volunteer force that try and save lives during military strikes – as they debate whether to flee their country and stay and try to help.

Fayyad posted on Facebook following the win: "I’m so humble with this achievement, thanks for the Academy. I said in my speech this award dedicated to the white helmets volunteers who lost their lives for saving lives."

The documentary, screened as part of US channel PBS’ Monday night POV documentary series, was one of seven wins on the night for the public broadcaster, the most of any network on the night. PBS also had the most nominations with 45, 14 more than its nearest rival CBS.

Second place on the night was shared by CBS and cable giant HBO, who won six awards each.

Other awards included Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast, which was awarded to HBO's Vice News Tonight's coverage of deadly protests that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA, in August 2017.

CNN International captured a win with Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast for its coverage of the collapse of the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The News and Documentary Emmys is a sister event to the well-known Prime Time Emmys, recognising excellence in the world of news and documentary broadcasting. Like their more famous sibling, are organised annually by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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