At FRONTLINE, we’ve been reporting on this crisis, its causes and its impact for years.
Tonight, though, we’ll tell this story in a new way.
Exodus, our two-hour documentary premiering at a special time (9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST), draws on camera and smartphone footage filmed by refugees and migrants themselves — on sinking dinghies attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, inside the trucks of smugglers, and in the countries they hope to call home.
From a young Syrian man named Hassan who was once an English teacher in Damascus, to Isra’a, a Syrian girl who fled Aleppo with her family after her home was bombed, to Alaigie, a Gambian man who dreams of lifting his brothers and sisters out of poverty, tonight’s documentary is an unforgettable, first-hand look at the choices migrants and refugees face.
It’s vivid, gripping and impossible to forget. Newsday says it has “a deeply human touch” and gives it an A+. I hope you’ll watch. (Check your local PBS station for exact Exodus airtimes, or stream it online.)
Finally, as 2016 draws to a close, I want to thank you for supporting FRONTLINE in telling stories like this — year in, year out. All of us are deeply grateful.
— Raney Aronson-Rath
Executive Producer, FRONTLINE