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Former Humanities student wins Oscar

(2 March 2017)

Orlando von Einsiedel has won his first Oscar, two years after his first nomination. His winning film, The White Helmets, follows the Syrian Civil Defence forces rescuing those caught in the crossfire of the country’s civil war.

In the five years since the conflict began, more than 250,000 Syrians have died - but thanks to the White Helmets, over 60,000 lives have been saved. Orlando first heard of them when he saw footage of them pulling a baby from the collapsed building after a bombing, and was further moved when he discovered that they were regular citizens including blacksmiths, accountants, teachers and students.

The University’s Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology has been widely recognised as the world’s leading centre since its creation in 1987. Its courses combine anthropology with training in film making, editing, photography and sound. Its alumni include Gavin Searle and Andrew Palmer, who won BAFTAs in 2011 for the BBC series ‘Welcome to Lagos’. 

  • You can watch the trailer for The White Helmets on YouTube