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As the conflict in Syria rages on, civilians are bearing the brunt of the catastrophic bombardment of the country’s cities and towns. In this horrific landscape, an extraordinary group of local first responders has emerged. Syria Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, has rescued thousands of men, women, and children from the rubble of destroyed buildings. 

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace invites you to an exclusive screening of The White Helmets, a documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. Following the screening, von Einsiedel and the Syria Campaign’s Anna Nolan will discuss Syria’s social and political challenges with Carnegie’s Perry Cammack. 

A short reception will precede the film at 6:00 p.m. The film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please note that this film contains graphic content of a violent nature.

William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Ayman Asfari is chairman of the Asfari Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

Raed al Saleh is head of the Syria Civil Defense. 

Anna Nolan is director at The Syria Campaign.

Orlando von Einsiedel is director of The White Helmets. 

Perry Cammack is an associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.