Children on the Frontline

The children of Syria are often the forgotten victims in the ongoing civil war. More than 11,000 children have been killed and over a million are now refugees. Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, has become engulfed by fighting between pro- and anti-regime groups and over 2000 children have been killed there. Schools have shut, food is in serious shortage and there is the constant threat of shelling, sniper fire and kidnap. This documentary tells the story of five young children whose lives have been changed forever by the war in Syria: young sisters Helen, Farah and Sara and their brother Mohammed, whose father is a rebel commander in Aleppo; and Aboude, a singer and poster boy for the Syrian uprising.


  • BAFTA Television Craft Breakthrough Talent Award 2015
  • BAFTA Television Craft Photography Award 2015
  • Peabody Award 2014
  • One World Media Award 2014
  • Grierson Award, Shell Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme International 2014
  • EBRD Television Award 2014
  • RTS Award for Current Affairs – International 2015
  • International Emmy Awards, Current Affairs 2015
  • Prix Italia, Current Affairs Documentary 2015
  • Bayeux, Calvados awards for war correspondents, long format award - Winner
  • Berlin, Cinema for Peace Award 2014
  • AIB Awards, International current affairs documentary, TV
  • Amnesty International Media Awards, Gaby Rado Memorial Award
  • Edinburgh International TV awards, Producer/Director Debut Award for director Marcel Mettelsiefen
  • Edinburgh TV Awards, Producer/Director Debut Award (Marcel Mettelsiefen)
  • Grand Prix, La Figra


  • BAFTA TV Craft, Best Newcomer Marcel Mettelsiefen
  • Amnesty's Media Award, Documentary
  • Rory Peck Award, Feature
  • Frontline Awards, Broadcast
  • Bulldog Visual Award, Current Affairs"