The famous editor Firas Fayyad has edited ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ and many such other films. Read more about him including his net worth.
Who is Firas Fayyad?
Firas Fayyad is an award-winning filmmaker who has been in the industry as a director, writer, producer, cinematographer and editor. He has done brilliant work in the film, ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ and the film has won several awards. The film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and earned the grand jury prize for Fayyad. ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ was released theatrically by The Grasshopper films in May, 2017 and had its premiere broadcast on POV and PBS in January 2017. Fayyad was named as one of Good Magazine’s 100 creative Global change-makers of 2014. The 90-minute documentary, ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ is the first Syrian film to be nominated for an Oscar Award. Firas Fayyad, the Syrian director and writer of the film who is also from Aleppo, called the nomination “a big shout out to justice” because it documents what he calls “war crimes” of the Syrian and Russian governments. The film got nominated in the Best Documentary Film Category at the Oscar 2018 Awards. Oscar 2018 will be held on 4th March, 2018. Firas Fayyad also came up with the documentary, ‘One Day in Aleppo’ in 2017. ‘One Day in Aleppo’ was about a group of children living in Aleppo, who after five months of incessant and senseless shelling, start painting the walls of their city. It is an act of protest as well as resistance: a small act that dares to dream of bringing back life in a place that has been humiliated by bombs and bullets, while international powers were watching without doing anything to save lives. Fayyad has also directed a feature length documentary named ‘MY ESCAPE’. The film focuses on the largest refugee crisis faced since the World War II. The film is a story through the eyes of two boys out of the many thousands of refugee children who are forced to vacate their home territories and flee alone. The film premiered on BBC in 2015. Firas Fayyad has edited a short/drama film, ‘Train of Silence’ which was released in 2013. ‘Train of Silence’ was about a young, dark-haired man and a young European woman who are two strangers, and who crash into each other’s lives in a short meeting that results in a long journey. Fayyad has edited several films, both documentary and fiction, and has been applauded for them. He has also participated in several international film festivals and received recognition for his work about contemporary Syrian issues, and the political transformation in the Arab world. The future holds much promise for him and he will be doing some quality work in the times to come for sure
Net worth of the editor
The net worth of the editor is currently under wraps. The award-winning filmmaker must have made a substantial amount of net worth owing to the success of his documentaries.
An interview with the editor
The Syrian-born filmmaker who also happens to be from Aleppo talks in an interview about his film, ‘Last Men in Aleppo’. He talks about how he endured bombing, torture and prison in his own country. Fayyad was one amongst the thousands who were arrested during street protests and for documenting the civil uprising. Here is a short summary of his interview: Q. You were arrested twice around the beginning of the Syrian war, after documenting the civil uprising and street protests. Were you tortured in prison? A. Yes, I was tortured and quite violently. The guards in the prison told me: “You’ll have double the amount of torture because you’re a filmmaker.” They blindfolded me and I was held three floors below ground. They wanted information from me and because they knew I’d studied in Europe and they thought I was working for one of those countries. Q. They thought you were a spy? A. Yes, it’s part of this big lie that the Syrian authorities use about the West – that the West is our enemy and Israel is our enemy. And when you grow up in this environment, you know that they are always trying to control your lives and everything around you. Even when you travel outside of Syria, as a professional, they follow you and try to maintain control. And it’s scary because a lot of other artists and journalists have been killed under torture. The interview was a much longer one but these two questions briefly summarize the state Syria is in now and the kind of work ‘The White Helmets’ or the rescuers are doing. Fayyad was forced to leave his own country due to the unrest and he is certainly not happy about it. He is currently in Denmark but still does not feel safe there as he gets many threatening calls after documenting his film, ‘Last Men in Aleppo’.
Firas Fayyad has an Instagram account @firas_f but the account is private. You need to get his permission to follow him on his Instagram page.