Syrian White Helmets search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following air strikes in Aleppo's Qatarji neighbourhood, October 17, 2016.
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The documentary titled "The White Helmets" was named a contender Tuesday in the Oscars short documentary category.The group's motto is drawn from a verse of the Quran, although the White Helmets insist they treat all victims, regardless of religion.The White Helmets emerged in 2013, working to rescue civilians in rebel-held areas.Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, the film is one of several movies streaming online to be nominated for a prize at the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26 in Hollywood.
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