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FRONTLINE; Bombing of Al-Bara, The



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Bombing of Al-Bara, The
Program Number

3107 (web)

Series Description

Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

Web exclusive video published in relation to Syria Behind the Lines. See that title for additional assets.

When FRONTLINE filmmaker Olly Lambert sat to interview Jamal Maarouf, a Syrian rebel commander, he did not anticipate that bombs from government jets would begin to fall just 300 meters away.

Though the first blast knocked him to the ground, Lambert kept his camera rolling. He spent the next hour documenting the impacts of the Oct. 28, 2012 bombing of al-Bara.

FRONTLINE has condensed the footage into this 36-minute digital feature, vividly narrated by Lambert. It captures the chaos on the ground as villagers try to rescue family and friends trapped under the rubble, the bombing’s effect on ordinary civilians whose lives literally have just been blown apart, the terrible fear when the government jets return for a second bombing run, and the ensuing calls for revenge that illustrate the country’s descent into a no man’s land of hatred, suspicion and terror.



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Broadcast program

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Bombing of Al-Bara, The,” 04/29/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed September 25, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6C8F1712E614424BC8E6CBFCC2F9E95.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Bombing of Al-Bara, The.” 04/29/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. September 25, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6C8F1712E614424BC8E6CBFCC2F9E95>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Bombing of Al-Bara, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D6C8F1712E614424BC8E6CBFCC2F9E95
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