Time: 'Hell on Earth': A New Documentary on Syria Traces the Rise of ISIS
“Daddy, is the plane bombing?”
It was well after midnight last fall in the Aleppo countryside, and the kids couldn't sleep amid the deep booms outside. It was a familiar scene for Radwan, a man who fled the city with his brother, Marwan, and their families at the start of the war.
“Honestly, I’m about to explode. I can’t express what’s happening inside of me,” says a wide-eyed Radwan, facing the camera. “I have to smile against my will so the kids don’t get scared.”
That’s one gripping scene among many in Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, a National Geographic documentary premiering June 11. The film by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested, the Emmy Award-winning pair behind Restrepo (2010) and Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? (2013), traces how the bloody crackdown on youth dissent in March 2011 metastasized into the intractable conflict that today has left an estimated 500,000 dead and millions uprooted.
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WNU Editor: The above is National Geographic's teaser of the documentary (it is riveting to watch). The full documentary will premiere on June 11.