George Clooney to make a White Helmets movie
In spite of the fact that Assad calls them "terrorists", the Syrian Civil Defense group, who were given the name The White Helmets for the protective headgear they wear, have garnered a huge group of fans and supporters from around the world including George Clooney.
Inspired by the highly acclaimed Netflix documentary “The White Helmets”, the 55 year-old Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov plan to develop a film based on the Syrian rescue workers’ story.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the Netflix documentary which has been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, tells the compelling story of a group of unarmed, politically neutral Syrians who left their former occupations behind in order to work as volunteer first responders rushing to bomb sites to locate and dig out survivors buried under the rubble of buildings targeted by Syrian and Russian warplanes.
The group has reportedly saved an estimated 73,000 victims of war since its inception in early 2013 but in doing so has lost 154 of the 2900 first responders in the process. Smokehouse will designate a writer to develop a script for what is intended to be a narrative drama.
Assad and Russian warplanes have often deliberately targeted the group using a practice called double-tapping wherein they double back after conducting an initial bombing raid in order to inflict further harm by dropping additional bombs on rescuers working to dig out those who have been trapped under the rubble.
This is not the first time Clooney has shown an interest in doing something to help Syrians. In mid-February of this year, Clooney and his wife Amal, a human rights lawyer from Lebanon, met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the war in Syria and what they might possibly be able to do to help ease the refugee crisis in Europe.