“If we want the refugee problem to go away, we have to end this war.” —Evgeny Afineevsky A few weeks ago, I saw a screening of a new documentary film called Cries From Syria. It was a punishing watch. The film is raw, emotional, and relentlessly honest about the costs of war. The director, Evgeny Afineevsky, an American citizen who was born in the former USSR, doesn’t spare the viewer any discomfort.
In one scene, Afineevsky cuts to what appears to be a basement somewhere in Aleppo. It’s minutes after a chemical weapons attack. Scattered across the floor are dozens …read more