Syria Behind the Lines is the only film to document Syria’s civil war from both sides of the line. If you missed it on PBS this week, you can watch it anytime on our website, where there’s much more to explore.
A few highlights I’d like to point out:
- The Bombing of al-Bara, a rare, immersive video portrait I produced of the immediate aftermath of Syrian government air strikes on a civilian population. FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert takes you through the chaos, destruction, fear and terror on the ground like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s absolutely indelible.
- Our interactive map of the Orontes River valley illustrates a powerful microcosm of the conflict’s emerging sectarian divide - a once-peaceful valley now at war. This data is incredibly difficult to collect and you won’t find it anywhere else. It’s an especially immersive experience on an iPad.
- The photo above is from Olly Lambert’s jarring behind the scenes photo essay that crisscrosses the fault lines of Syria’s war.
- A grenade costs about $80 in Idlib province today. Two years ago, it cost about half that. In this piece for FRONTLINE, TIME’s Rania Abouzeid explains the flow and politics of the weapons in Syria’s war.
- What’s behind the world’s inaction on Syria? My colleague Sarah Childress breaks it down.
- Our managing editor Philip Bennett thoughtfully explores questions of genocide and Syria’s future. It’s worth reading and reflecting on.
- And lastly, how has Syria’s embattled president Bashar al-Assad managed to hold on to power for so long? The Regime Responds, a film by FRONTLINE producer Marcela Gaviria traces the roots of the Syrian rebellion, from the lingering, deep-seated resentments that stem from repression under Hafez al-Assad’s regime, to the failed hopes for reform promised by his son, to the spread of the current uprising. It’s the history and context you need to understand what’s happening in Syria today.
Ofaerufoss waterfall on Eldja volcanic rift, Iceland (by mickastrotrek).