Syria Behind The Lines (US); Syria Across the Lines (UK)

Channel 4




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This powerful documentary vividly shows how Syria's civil war is tearing communities apart. Film-maker Olly Lambert spent five weeks with opposing factions in the Orontes river valley where Free Syrian Army supporters live less than a mile from government loyalists.

'Mesmerising... simply the most powerful film to have come out of the war in Syria. There are not that many programmes on television that demand to be seen, but this is one of them.'

- The Times

‘Brave, astonishing... an unflinching account of modern warfare, in which the moral position of both sides is obscured by the devastating reality of battle.’

- The Daily Telegraph

‘a graphic picture of a society being rent in two.’

- Mail on Sunday

'A particularly brave bit of film-making, deftly capturing the absurdity and the pathos of the ongoing struggle in Syria, whilst never side-stepping the horrors either.'

- Matt Baylis, Daily Express

'A brilliant piece of reporting ... a piercing portrait of a nation being torn

- Radio Times

'Lambert makes [the civil war] viscerally comprehensive, while presenting the purest interpretation of 'fair and balanced' most of us are ever likely to see: He doesn't just get both sides of the story, but could have easily died in the process of getting them.'

- Newsday

'Gripping, must see war footage'

- Sen John McCain

First Broadcast

April 17, 2013



Producer Director
Olly Lambert

Chris Swayne

Executive Producer
Eamonn Matthews


Emmy (Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story)

BAFTA (Best Current Affairs programme)

Grierson Award (Best Current Affairs Documentary)

RTS (Best International Current Affairs)

Rory Peck Award (Best Feature)

Broadcasting Press Guild (Best Single Documentary)

David Bloom Award 2014

RTS Craftaward (Best Documentary Editing)

Broadcast (Best News and Current Affairs)

AIB (Best Middle East Documentary)

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