Yes, “The White Helmets” took the Oscar for best documentary short! How brilliant is that?
Ok, I’ll briefly blow my own trumpet and mention that over the last few years I have been designing presentations for them. These are used by them to pitch to government bodies, media and celebrities in order to fundraise, and gain vital income that will allow them to carry on with their life-saving work.
But it is because of this work that I have got to know their cause very well, grown to understand what they do, and come to deeply respect how much they risk when going out into war-torn Syrian cities to save lives. The White Helmets are truly brave men and women!
Sadly the White Helmets could not attend the ceremony themselves:
When “The White Helmets” took the Oscar for best documentary short, filmmakers Joanna Natasegara and Orlando von Einsiedel read a statement from the film’s star, Syria Civil Defense head Raed Saleh, who was not present.
Watch the Oscar presentation on ABC News.