The Road To Palmyra

BBC4 - 60’ (2018)

The Road to Palmyra follows historian Dan Cruickshank and photographer Don McCullin into the heart of war torn Syria, on a dangerous mission to document the cultural destruction wrought by so called Islamic State, and understand what it means to the people of the nation.

Their final destination is the ancient city of Palmyra to find out what remains of the ruins. For Dan and Don these stones represent the very soul of Syria, and for Syrians and the world  the debate about what to do with them is about to begin.

For both men, it is a return journey to a place with which they have long been obsessed.  But to get there, they have to travel through a country that is in still in the grip of war.

A Bright Yellow Films / Oxford Films production for the BBC

"As much as this is a powerful and sobering documentary about what happens when heritage is a victim in a war of ideology, it could also be McCullin's swansong." 
- The Times

Writer: Dan Cruickshank
Photographs: Don McCullin
Director & Producer: Adrian Sibley
Executive Producers: Nicolas Kent & Sam Hobkinson
Director of Photography: Neil Bonner
Editor: Rick Aplin