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MEDIA ADVISORY: National Geographic with Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested Release Powerful Outtakes from Upcoming Documentary Hell on Earth Offering an Intimate, Human Portrait of the Refugee Crisis in Syria
[April 05, 2017]

MEDIA ADVISORY: National Geographic with Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested Release Powerful Outtakes from Upcoming Documentary Hell on Earth Offering an Intimate, Human Portrait of the Refugee Crisis in Syria

Following yesterday's suspected chemical attacks in Syria, esteemed war correspondent, best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Sebastian Junger and his Emmy award-winning producing partner Nick Quested have decided to release never-before-seen footage from their upcoming documentary feature, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS. The film will be distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films, debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and air on the network in spring 2017.

WHAT: The enclosed 13-minute preview features a sneak peek of the feature documentary as well as extensive bonus outtake footage, including personal home video of a Syrian family's desperate attempt to escape ISIS control.

The preview also includes a never-before-seen interview with embattled former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael T. Flynn, taped in 2016, who comments on the refugee crisis, saying, "We have to get back in there and stabilize the area, to the point where you can tell all these people who would rather live in their own homes. You can tell them all they can come back. Otherwise, the likelihood of a far greater conflict grows higher and higher every day."

The preview is narrated by producer Sebastian Junger.

The following footage is cleared for promotional use under the following guidelines:

  • Verbal tune in: Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, will be released by National Geographic Documentary Films this spring.
  • Lower third credit: Nat Geo's Hell on Earth
  • Interviews: Filmmaker Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested are available for interviews (via Skype (News - Alert)) upon request.

ABOUT THE FILM: Culled from nearly 1,000 hours of stunningly vsceral footage, the film explores some of the horrific conditions that refugees commonly flee from, and shows their humanity and courage in the face of physical threats as well as a largely hostile political environment. Consequently, the filmmakers, who previously collaborated on a trio of films about the war in Afghanistan ("Restrepo," "The Last Patrol" and "Korengal"), also capture the Syrian war's harrowing carnage and political and social consequences, while painting an alarming picture of the west's role in the creation of ISIS.

BIO: SEBASTIAN JUNGER (director, executive producer) is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of "The Perfect Storm," "Fire," "A Death in Belmont," "War" and "Tribe." As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world and has received both a National Magazine Award and a Peabody Award. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film, "Restrepo," a feature-length documentary co-directed with Tim Hetherington, was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

BIO: NICK QUESTED (executive producer) is executive director and owner of Goldcrest Films, where he has built one of the world's premiere documentary brands and won two Emmys for his work. Quested has served as a producer on over 35 films, including Sebastian Junger's "The Last Patrol," "Korengal," the PGA- and two-time Emmy-nominated "Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington" and the Oscar®-nominated "Restrepo." Quested is also an award-winning music video director who has worked with such artists as Dr Dre, Nas, Puffy, Sting, Master P, Cash Money and Trick Daddy.


About National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world premium, feature documentaries that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the very best documentary filmmakers in the world. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 171 countries and 45 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.


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