Source: Los Angeles Times
“Inside Syria’s Deadly Dynasty,” a fascinating two-hour special that’s available on the National Geographic network, documents the rise of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from an unassuming London eye doctor to a brutal dictator who is feared in his own country and across the Middle East.
The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at a man whose name has become synonymous with the last decade of unrest in Syria. Americans know him as the enigmatic figure who has seemed eerily calm no matter the atrocities being committed by his forces, but this documentary provides a deeper understanding of how he’s been able to hold on to power despite international outrage.
Mixing narration with firsthand accounts, “Inside Syria” paints a fascinating and disturbing picture of an enigmatic ruler whose gentle public persona is at odds with the ruthless tactics he’s used to stay in power.
In archival and original footage, interviews with Bashar and his wife, Asma, exclusive sit-downs with dissidents, former friends of the ruling family, foreign diplomats, and others, the documentary tells the story of Bashar’s unlikely succession to power — and what that’s meant for the fate of Syria.
Watch “Inside Syria’s Deadly Dynasty” on National Geographic.
Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.
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