Daniel Garber talks to Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza about their new doc FIRST TO FALL
Hi, This is Daniel Garber at the Movies for culturalmiming.com and CIUT 89.5 FM.
During the short-lived Arab Spring, idealists returned to the middle east and North Africa, to Egypt,Tunisia, Bahrain, to usher in a new era of democracy. Many were sorely disappointed by the aftermath. That led to mass arrests, coups and crackdowns.
Nowadays, there are new,shocking stories torn from the headlines. We read about young men from France, the UK, or the US suddenly appearing on youtube pledging their loyalty to previously unheard of rebellious armies Think of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Al-Shabaab in Kenya. Are they fanatics? Or patriots?
Hamid and Tarek are two ordinary guys, students in their twenties in Montreal, originally sent to Canada by their families in Libya. But they too hear the call when civil war breaks out.
Best friends, they rush over to join the rebellion against
military dictator Moammar Gadaffi. But once there they face the very real death, destruction and horror that war brings.
Their story is told in a brand new documentary called FIRST TO FALL that premiered at the Human Rughts Watch Film Festival in New York City a few weeks ago. It closely follows the two men from Canada to the front lines in Libya. The filmmakers, director Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza, were there in the midst of it all documenting their stories. I reached them by telephone in New York City.