Academy Award® nominated filmmaker and best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy® Award-winning producer Nick Quested take a look at ISIS in their latest movie.

Junger made a trilogy of documentaries about war and earned an Oscar nomination for his movie Restrepo. He visits the Middle-East again with his movie called Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.

Junger and his partner Nick Quested interview with scholars, policymakers, and anyone else that might help illuminate the crisis in Syria by going back as far as 2011 to that country’s civil war. Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad cracked down mercilessly on protesters and a powder-keg was set.

The film charts how ISIS grew in influence, and how they attempt to create a new caliphate. The filmakers chronicle it by pulling from nearly 1,000 hours of visceral footage.

Production company: Junger Quested

Distributor: National Geographic Documentary Films

Directors-Producers: Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested

Screenwriter: Mark Monroe

Executive producers: Tim Pastore, Matt Renner

Director of photography:

Editor: Aaron Soffin

Composer: Joel Goodman

Venue: Tribeca Film Festival (Spotlight Documentary)

In English, French, and Arabic

R, 99 minutes

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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